1. easily broken or damaged or destroyed;
- Example: "a kite too delicate to fly safely"
- Example: "fragile porcelain plates"
- Example: "fragile old bones"
- Example: "a frail craft"
[syn: delicate, fragile, frail]
2. vulnerably delicate;
- Example: "she has the fragile beauty of youth"
3. lacking substance or significance;
- Example: "slight evidence"
- Example: "a tenuous argument"
- Example: "a thin plot" a fragile claim to fame";
[syn: flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thin]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fragile \Frag"ile\, a. [L. fragilis, from frangere to break; cf. F. fragile. See Break, v. t., and cf. Frail, a.] Easily broken; brittle; frail; delicate; easily destroyed. [1913 Webster] The state of ivy is tough, and not fragile. --Bacon. Syn: Brittle; infirm; weak; frail; frangible; slight. -- Frag"ile*ly, adv. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
fragile adj 1: easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old bones"; "a frail craft" [syn: delicate, fragile, frail] 2: vulnerably delicate; "she has the fragile beauty of youth" 3: lacking substance or significance; "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame" [syn: flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thin]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
93 Moby Thesaurus words for "fragile": breakable, brittle, brittle as glass, capricious, changeable, cheap-jack, cobwebby, corruptible, crackable, crisp, crispy, crumbly, crushable, dainty, deciduous, decrepit, delicate, delicately weak, dying, effeminate, ephemeral, evanescent, fading, feeble, fickle, fissile, fleeting, flimsy, flitting, fly-by-night, flying, fracturable, frail, frangible, friable, fugacious, fugitive, gimcrack, gimcracky, gossamery, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, inconstant, infirm, insubstantial, jerry, jerry-built, lacerable, light, lightweight, momentary, mortal, mutable, namby-pamby, nondurable, nonpermanent, papery, passing, pasteboardy, perishable, puny, rickety, scissile, shaky, shatterable, shattery, shivery, short, short-lived, sissified, sleazy, slight, splintery, tacky, temporal, temporary, tenuous, thin, transient, transitive, transitory, undurable, unenduring, unsound, unstable, unsubstantial, volatile, vulnerable, weak, weakly, wispy, womanishThe Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
fragile adj. Syn brittle.The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
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. [Jargon File] (1995-05-09)