AskDefine | Define fragile

Dictionary Definition

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, frail]
2 vulnerably delicate; "she has the fragile beauty of youth"
3 lacking solidity or strength; "a flimsy table"; "flimsy construction"; "a fragile link with the past" [syn: flimsy]

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English

Etymology

From the adjective fragilis, formed on frag, the root of frangere, "to break". Cognate with frail.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈfrædʒaɪl/
  • /ˈfrædʒɪl/ USA

Adjective

  1. easily broken or destroyed, and thus often of subtle or intricate structure
    The chemist synthesizes a fragile molecule.
    The UN tries to maintain the fragile peace process in the region.
    He is a very fragile person and gets easily depressed.

Translations

easily broken or destroyed

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

fragile
  1. fragile

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Italian

Adjective

  1. fragile

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Extensive Definition

Fragile may refer to:
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fragile in German: Fragile
fragile in French: Fragile
fragile in Italian: Fragile
fragile in Hebrew: Fragile
fragile in Japanese: Fragile
fragile in Finnish: Fragile

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