I climbed to a weak, brittle branch after which no branches grew.
Leave the brittle to cool and harden completely before breaking it into pieces.
The key to avoiding burnt, brittle, or soggy bacon is to cook the meat slowly at a steady medium-low temperature.
Instead of being strong and resilient, bones become weak and brittle.
Miss Blankenship, as brittle as her bones were, sure knew how to schlep bottles of liquor around the office.
The colonel's son moved closer, and a wisp of brittle grass in her hands crackled in a double grasp.
It was brittle in the creases, and threatened to fall apart.
When they get terrifically excited, they jig up and down on the holly-branches and the frozen snow falls with a brittle clatter.
The cedar of which they are chiefly built is very buoyant, but also brittle.
The nails are thin, brittle and lined; at times small hemorrhages will be noted beneath them.
late 14c., britel, perhaps from an unrecorded Old English adjective *brytel, related to brytan "to crush, pound, to break to pieces," from Proto-Germanic stem *brutila- "brittle," from *breutan "to break up" (cf. Old Norse brjota "to break," Old High German brodi "fragile"), and related to bruise (v.). With -le, suffix forming adjectives with meaning "liable to."
Having a tendency to break when subject to high stress. Brittle materials have undergone very little strain when they reach their elastic limit, and tend to break at that limit. Compare ductile.
Said of software that is functional but easily broken by changes in operating environment or configuration, or by any minor tweak to the software itself. Also, any system that responds inappropriately and disastrously to abnormal but expected external stimuli; e.g. a file system that is usually totally scrambled by a power failure is said to be brittle. This term is often used to describe the results of a research effort that were never intended to be robust, but it can be applied to commercially developed software, which displays the quality far more often than it ought to.
Opposite of robust.