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brittle

/brit·tle/ (brit´'l)
1. easily broken, snapped, or cracked, especially under slight pressure.
2. easily disrupted.
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The variability of the Brittleness of the two mentioned woods indicates that, compared to the juvenile wood, the mature wood showed greater absorption capacity without permanent deformation.
In one study, five women who had reported nail weakness, brittleness and thinning from gel manicures were examined by dermatologists, who attributed these symptoms to the gel manicures.
Key words: austenitic stainless steel, deformation induced martensite, brittleness
Brymbo, who have struggled all season, dealt Mold's title hopes a devastating blow last weekend but skipper Dafydd Rhys said the 13-run margin of victory was an indication of his side's continuing brittleness.
The soloist here was Mark Bebbington, who was greeted with immense applause and rewarded with an even greater ovation at the end of a reading in which he succeeded in encompassing the work's recourse to the many-layered textures of Rachmaninov, the brittleness of Ravel and Prokofiev, and the rich, suggestive harmonies of Gershwin, all delivered with elegance and gentle persuasion.
Brittleness B of PMMA, PPSU, and PVDF was calculated using the equation developed by us in 2006 (11):
They have had no history of brittleness problems with these extractors, but they haven't inventoried the rivet-type extractors for the Model 742 for over 20 years.
Although commercially available since the 1980s, PHB has seen only limited use because of its brittleness and unpredictable biodegradation rates.
One of the problems that SMA has shown over the years is brittleness and heat absorpsion," says Michael Charles Downs, managing director of Polyscope.
Adding GMAW to the welding mix also enhances a finished part's metallurgical stability, and with GMAW's slower cooling rates, produces welds with greater strength and less brittleness.
Which leaves Kilner and Baker -- whose characters are each a combination of great strength and inner brittleness -- to play their final scene quietly and believably together.
The product, which contains what the company describes as "a natural moisture magnet" to reduce dryness and brittleness, is available in 24 shades and carries a suggested retail price of $4.