brit·tle


brit·tle

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  • brit|tle — «BRIHT uhl», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. very easily broken; breaking with a snap; apt to break: »Thin glass and ice are brittle. SYNONYM(S): fragile, frail. 2. of a sharp quality: »disapproval in a brittle tone of voice. 3. cool and formal;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • brit´tle|ness — brit|tle «BRIHT uhl», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. very easily broken; breaking with a snap; apt to break: »Thin glass and ice are brittle. SYNONYM(S): fragile, frail. 2. of a sharp quality: »disapproval in a brittle tone of voice. 3. cool and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • em|brit|tle|ment — «ehm BRIHT uhl muhnt», noun. the process of making or being made brittle: »Phosphorus in coking coals causes embrittlement of iron …   Useful english dictionary

  • em|brit|tle — «ehm BRIHT uhl», transitive verb, tled, tling. to cause (a metal) to become brittle: »Some such as liquid oxygen are so cold that they embrittle many constructional materials and evaporate continuously if not refrigerated (New Scientist) …   Useful english dictionary

  • brit — brit·ain; brit·i·cism; brit·ish·er; brit·ish·ism; brit·ish·ly; brit·on; brit·ta·ny; brit·ton·ic; brit; brit·ish; brit·tle; brit·ish·ness; brit·tle·ly; brit·tle·ness; brit·tly; ca·brit; em·brit·tle·ment; …   English syllables

  • tle — abris·tle; abus·tle; apos·tle; apos·tle·hood; apos·tle·ship; bait·tle; bat·tle·dore; bat·tle·ment; bat·tle·ment·ed; bat·tle·some; be·lit·tle; be·lit·tle·ment; bot·tle·ful; bris·tle·less; brus·tle; but·tle; cac·o·mis·tle; cas·tle·ry; cas·tle·ward; …   English syllables

  • tit·tle-tat·tle — /ˈtıtl̩ˌtætl̩/ noun [noncount] chiefly Brit informal : talk about things that are not important or interesting gossipy tittle tattle about celebrities …   Useful english dictionary

  • tur·tle·neck — /ˈtɚtl̩ˌnɛk/ noun, pl necks [count] 1 US : a high collar that covers most of your neck even when the collar is folded over itself; also : a knit shirt or sweater with this kind of collar She wore a turtleneck under her jacket. called also (Brit) …   Useful english dictionary

  • met·tle — /ˈmɛtl̩/ noun [noncount] : strength of spirit : ability to continue despite difficulties He proved/showed his mettle [=he proved/showed how tough he is] as a fighter tonight. The competition will test her mettle. on your mettle chiefly Brit :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tat·tle·tale — /ˈtætl̩ˌteıl/ noun, pl tales [count] chiefly US informal + disapproving : a child who tells a parent, teacher, etc., about something bad or wrong that another child has done : a child who tattles on another child No one likes a tattletale.… …   Useful english dictionary


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