Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Definitions for frangible
- 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.
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.
Origin of frangible
late Middle English
Frangible ultimately derives from Latin frangere, "to break."