Meaning of “friable” in the English Dictionary


"friable" in English

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uk /ˈfraɪ.ə.bəl/ us /ˈfraɪ.ə.bəl/

Examples from literature

  • Also that the ligaments which held the body—or rather skeleton—together were brittle and friable, as suggested by the detached hand, which had probably broken off accidentally. 
  • The cliffs themselves are built of volcanic sands and ashes, and many of the strata are exceedingly light and friable. 
  • The friable rock forming the spires and towers and pinnacles crumbles away under a slight pressure. 
  • The soil in the fields had a loose, friable appearance that reminded me of the farming lands around Cleveland, Ohio. 
  • The soil should be in a friable condition. 

(Definition of “friable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)