friable

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin friābilis, from friō (to crumble).

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AdjectiveEdit

friable (comparative more friable, superlative most friable)

  1. Easily broken into small fragments, crumbled, or reduced to powder.
    • 1977, Angela Carter, The Passion of New Eve:
      Spiders had woven their vague trapezes between the friable heads of dead peonies in enormous glass jars streaked with tide marks where the water had evaporated long ago.
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1020:
      This light, friable type of material offered excellent insulation against both desert heat and also the cold of darkness during the winter.
  2. (of soil) Loose and large-grained in consistency.
  3. (of poisons) Likely to crumble and become airborne, thus becoming a health risk
    • April 1987, Old-House Journal
      It is when asbestos-containing products are friable that hazardous asbestos fibers are likely to be released and sent airborne.

SynonymsEdit

  • (easily broken into small fragments): crumbly

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin friābilis, from friō (to crumble).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

friable (masculine and feminine, plural friables)

  1. crumbly
  2. crummy, pitiful

Derived termsEdit

  • friabilité

ReferencesEdit

  • friable” in the Portail lexical, Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales, 2014.
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