brittleness is caused by carrying the drying process too far, or by using too high temperatures.
The brittleness, if it had ever existed, was gone and the arm was limp.
Though, for my part, I don't believe in the brittleness of hearts—they seem to me to be made of exceptionally tough material.
This brittleness is due to the silicon which is deposited in the epidermis of the leaf.
Blount marked the brittleness of tone and the half-quarrelsome light in the eyes which were a little bloodshot.
Another point that should be mentioned is the brittleness of the tail.
She could tell by the strange stiffness and brittleness of his figure that he was still crying.
Connected with its brittleness are some very singular facts.
The latter increases the rigidity and decreases the brittleness of the candle.
The carbon-content of steel is rarely greater than this, lest the brittleness be excessive.
late 14c., britel, perhaps from an unrecorded Old English adjective *brytel, related to brytan "to crush, pound, to break to pieces," from Proto-Germanic stem *brutila- "brittle," from *breutan "to break up" (cf. Old Norse brjota "to break," Old High German brodi "fragile"), and related to bruise (v.). With -le, suffix forming adjectives with meaning "liable to."
Having a tendency to break when subject to high stress. Brittle materials have undergone very little strain when they reach their elastic limit, and tend to break at that limit. Compare ductile.