Aptness to split fragility
- firm but quickly damaged
- Aptness to split; fragility.
product is brittle if, when subjected to worry, it breaks without considerable deformation (stress). Brittle materials absorb relatively small energy ahead of break, also those of large energy.
Tendency of a product to break or fail upon the use of a comparatively little bit of power, influence, or surprise. Opposite of toughness.
(n.) Aptness to break; fragility.
Chiefly owing to the brittleness of this material, Lord Rosse's first larger specula were composed of a number of thin plates of speculum metal (sixteen for a 3-foot mirror) soldered on the back of a strong but light framework made of a peculiar kind of brass (2.75 of copper to 1 of zinc), which has the same expansion as his speculum metal.