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friable definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder; "friable sandstone"; "friable carcinomatous tissue"; "friable curds formed in the stomach";"crumbly cookies" [syn: crumbly, friable]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin friabilis, from friare to crumble more at friction Date: 1563 easily crumbled or pulverized <friable soil> Synonyms: see fragile friability noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. easily crumbled. Derivatives: friability n. friableness n. Etymology: F friable or L friabilis f. friare crumble

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Friable Fri"a*ble, a. [L. friabilis, fr. friare to rub, break, or crumble into small pieces, cf. fricare to rub, E. fray: cf. F. friable.] Easily crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder. ``Friable ground.'' --Evelyn. ``Soft and friable texture.'' --Paley. -- Fri'a*ble*ness, n.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Crumbling, pulverable, easily crumbled.

Moby Thesaurus

breakable, brittle, brittle as glass, crackable, crimp, crisp, crispy, crumbly, crump, crushable, delicate, fissile, flimsy, fracturable, fragile, frail, frangible, lacerable, pulverizable, pulverulent, scissile, shatterable, shattery, shivery, splintery, triturable, vulnerable



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