Search Result for "frail":
1. the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds;
2. a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs);
1. physically weak;
- Example: "an invalid's frail body"
2. wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings;
- Example: "I'm only a fallible human"
- Example: "frail humanity"
[syn: fallible, frail, imperfect, weak]
3. 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]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
frail \frail\, a. [Compar. frailer (fr[=a]l"[~e]r); superl. frailest.] [OE. frele, freile, OF. fraile, frele, F. fr[^e]le, fr. L. fragilis. See Fragile.] 1. Easily broken; fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm. [1913 Webster] That I may know how frail I am. --Ps. xxxix. 4. [1913 Webster] An old bent man, worn and frail. --Lowell. [1913 Webster] 2. Tender. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Deep indignation and compassion frail. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; also, unchaste; -- often applied to fallen women. [1913 Webster] Man is frail, and prone to evil. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
frail \frail\ (fr[=a]l), n. [OE. fraiel, fraile, OF. fraiel, freel, frael, fr. LL. fraellum.] A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins. [1913 Webster] 2. The quantity of raisins -- about thirty-two, fifty-six, or seventy-five pounds, -- contained in a frail. [1913 Webster] 3. A rush for weaving baskets. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
frail adj 1: physically weak; "an invalid's frail body" [ant: robust] 2: wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings; "I'm only a fallible human"; "frail humanity" [syn: fallible, frail, imperfect, weak] 3: 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] n 1: the weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds 2: a basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
218 Moby Thesaurus words for "frail": Adamic, Adamite, Adamitic, abulic, afraid, ailing, airy, anthropocentric, anthropological, attenuate, attenuated, backsliding, boyish, breakable, brittle, brittle as glass, cachectic, capricious, carnal, changeable, cheap-jack, cobwebby, consumptive, corruptible, cowardly, crackable, crippled, crisp, crispy, crumbly, crushable, dainty, debilitated, deciduous, decrepit, delicate, delicately weak, diaphanous, diluted, drained, dying, earthy, effeminate, enervated, ephemeral, erring, ethereal, evanescent, exhausted, fading, failing, faint, fainthearted, fallen, feeble, feebleminded, fickle, fine, fine-drawn, finespun, finite, fissile, fleeting, fleshly, flimsy, flitting, fly-by-night, flying, foible, fracturable, fragile, frailty, frangible, friable, fugacious, fugitive, gauzy, gimcrack, gimcracky, girlish, gossamer, gossamery, gracile, healthless, hominal, homocentric, human, humanistic, ill, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, impure, in poor health, inconstant, infirm, insubstantial, invalid, invertebrate, jerry, jerry-built, lacerable, lacy, languishing, lapsed, light, lightweight, man-centered, misty, momentary, moribund, mortal, mutable, namby-pamby, nondurable, nonpermanent, of easy virtue, only human, pale, papery, passing, pasteboardy, peaked, peaky, peccable, perishable, petty, phthisic, pliable, poorly, postlapsarian, prodigal, puny, rare, rarefied, recidivist, recidivistic, reduced, reduced in health, run-down, scissile, scrawny, shatterable, shattery, shivery, short-lived, sick, sickly, sissified, skinny, sleazy, slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky, small, spineless, splintery, subtle, svelte, sylphlike, tacky, tellurian, temporal, temporary, tenuous, thin, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinnish, threadlike, transient, transitive, transitory, unangelic, unchaste, unclean, undurable, unenduring, ungodly, ungood, unhealthy, unrighteous, unsaintly, unsound, unstable, unsubstantial, unvirtuous, unwell, vague, valetudinarian, valetudinary, vice, virtueless, volatile, vulnerable, wanton, wasp-waisted, wasting away, watered, watered-down, watery, wayward, weak, weak-kneed, weak-minded, weak-willed, weakened, weakly, willowy, wiredrawn, wispy, with low resistance, womanish