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Meaning of BRITTLE

Pronunciation:  'britl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
  2. [adj]  having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped; "brittle bones"; "glass is brittle"; "`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal"
  3. [adj]  (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured
  4. [adj]  lacking warmth and generosity of spirit; "a brittle and calculating woman"

BRITTLE is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: breakable, brickle, brickly, coldhearted, toffee, toffy, unannealed, unhardened, untempered
 See Also: candy, peanut brittle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Brit"tle\, a. [OE. britel, brutel, AS. bryttian to
dispense, fr. bre['o]tan to break; akin to Icel. brytja, Sw.
bryta, Dan. bryde. Cf. {Brickle}.]
Easily broken; apt to break; fragile; not tough or tenacious

Computing Dictionary

Said of software that is functional but easily broken by changes in operating environment or configuration, or by any minor tweak to the software itself. Also, any system that responds inappropriately and disastrously to abnormal but expected external stimuli; e.g. a file system that is usually totally scrambled by a power failure is said to be brittle. This term is often used to describe the results of a research effort that were never intended to be robust, but it can be applied to commercially developed software, which displays the quality far more often than it ought to.

Opposite of robust.

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