frangible

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English[edit]

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A frangible bullet shattering upon impact

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French frangible, from Medieval Latin frangibilis, from frangere (break).[1] Cognate to fraction, fracture, and fragile.

Adjective[edit]

frangible (comparative more frangible, superlative most frangible)

  1. Able to be broken; breakable; fragile.

Usage notes[edit]

Generally refers to objects intentionally being breakable, either in case of emergency, such as frangible light poles or smoke outlet panels, or as part of their operation, as in crisp crackers or frangible bullets.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ frangible” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

frangible (masculine and feminine, plural frangibles)

  1. breakable

Middle French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

frangible m, f (plural frangibles)

  1. breakable

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

frangible m, f (plural frangibles)

  1. breakable