embrittlement

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

embrittle +‎ -ment

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

embrittlement ‎(countable and uncountable, plural embrittlements)

  1. The process of being embrittled; loss of flexibility or elasticity of a material.
    • 1964, Metal Mining & Processing, volume 1, page 32:
      Even if no weakening effects were noticed after one or two overheatings, the cumulative heat effects would cause embrittlement and failure after subsequent overheatings.