- easily crumbled or reduced to powder; crumbly: friable rock.
Origin of friable
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Examples from the Web for friability
Friability in the seed-bed is important when the soils are heavy.
Its friability, however, renders it more suitable for use as a home pipe than for a work-a-day pipe.Tobacco Leaves
W. A. Brennan
This friability makes the land easier to work, and it is also more easily penetrated by the roots of plants.
In rare cases the presence of sulphates may perhaps cause some friability.The Preservation of Antiquities
She caused the separateness and individuality of all the Marsh inmates, the friability of the household.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
- easily broken up; crumbly
Word Origin and History for friability
1560s, from Middle French friable and directly from Latin friabilis "easily crumbled or broken," from friare "rub away, crumble into small pieces," related to fricare "to rub" (see friction). Related: Friability.
- Readily crumbled; brittle.
- Relating to a dry, brittle growth of bacteria.