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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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Mn temperature of cold brittleness exceeds 60 [degrees]C, and further increase of its content within studied concentration range practically does not effect its value.
Mr Emond explains that when you get a skin hardness up around 80 Rc, as is typical with TiN, it may contribute to brittleness in the tool.
BUILD still on the dodgy side but engaging to drive if you don't mind a bit of trim brittleness.
Study evaluators reported a statistically significant improvement in the smoothness of nails with less peeling, brittleness and cracking.
The cast was uniformly endearing, brilliantly attuned to the opera's difficult blend of witty brittleness and deeply-felt soul-baring.
It is only when it is over-used - kept on the hair when it is already dry, which leads to dry ends, brittleness and breakage.
This test measures not only strength, but also bulk brittleness, in contrast with friability, which measures surface brittleness.
NEW ZEALAND showed an alarming brittleness against the pace of the Windies attack at Southampton on Monday so one shudders to think what might happen when they square up to Pakistan speedsters Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram in today's vital Group B clash at Derby.
The GE products also remain stiff and stable under loads at elevated temperatures; do not require curing to eliminate brittleness and enhance physical properties like other products do; and offer true thermoplastic melt processability (with ultra-high performance as molded) to provide more cost effective, ultra-high-performance.
Their high loading of inorganic fillers gives adequate stiffness, temperature resistance, and scratch resistance--but increased brittleness.
Among the benefits they reportedly offer are greater softness and flexibility, lower brittleness temperature, higher elongation, and improved optics.
Zetpol is said to display lower brittleness temperature than NBR with the same volume swell in gasoline, and provides excellent retention of properties at a wide range of temperatures for seals, hoses, belts and more, according to the literature.