embrittle

[em-brit-l]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), embrittled, embrittling.
to make or become brittle.

Origin:
1900–05; em-1 + brittle

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Example sentences
Excessive heat and dryness will embrittle the paper.
The primary concern is the potential for hydrogen to embrittle the steel and the welds used to fabricate the pipelines.
The two cryogenic blasting technologies take advantage of extreme cold to embrittle and shrink old coatings.
Under these conditions, metal alloys tend to embrittle and experience creep.
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