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Saturday, September 29, 2001

Definitions for frangible

  1. Capable of being broken; brittle; fragile; easily broken.

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Citations for frangible
That's because Federal Aviation Administration regulations call for a "sturdy" but "frangible" -- or breakaway -- door. "It must be able to break away at the lock, the hinge or the door handle" to allow pilots to get out in emergencies, Olsen says. Blake Morrison, USA Today
The red-gray, meringuelike substance ices some of the cave's surfaces and ledges like cake frosting, from a millimeter to several inches thick, and is so frangible you could cut it with a butter knife. Peter Nelson, National Wildlife
Origin of frangible
late Middle English
Frangible ultimately derives from Latin frangere, "to break."