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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • frail — frail·ly; frail·ness; frail·ty; frail; …   English syllables

  • frail — (adj.) mid 14c., morally weak, from O.Fr. fraile weak, frail, sickly, infirm (Mod.Fr. frêle), from L. fragilis easily broken (see FRAGILITY (Cf. fragility)). Sense of liable to break is first recorded in English late 14c. The U.S. slang noun… …   Etymology dictionary

  • frail — index imperfect, insecure, insubstantial, nonsubstantial (not sturdy), powerless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • frail — [adj] breakable, weak brittle, dainty, decrepit, delicate, feeble, fishy, flimsy, fracturable, fragile, frangible, infirm, insubstantial, puny, sad, shatterable, shattery, sickly, slender, slight, slim, tender, tenuous, thin, unsound,… …   New thesaurus

  • frail — ► ADJECTIVE 1) weak and delicate. 2) easily damaged or broken. DERIVATIVES frailly adverb frailness noun. ORIGIN Old French fraile, from Latin fragilis fragile …   English terms dictionary

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