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[em-brit-l] /ɛmˈbrɪt l/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), embrittled, embrittling.
to make or become brittle.
Origin of embrittle
1900-05; em-1 + brittle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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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