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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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3) revealed that neat resin behaved brittlely under high strain rate, consistent with the behavior previously reported for polyamide 6 (18).
Lacking the strong metaphoric associations of bicycle-taxi drivers or New Year's dragons, or the absurdity of painting en plein eau, the evocation of national memory and historical flux becomes brittlely allegorical and the slow, underwater lyricism less hypnotic than merely dawdling.
The small region of deformed spherulites elongates and cracks brittlely at strains on the order of 15% to 25%.