friable
adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin friabilis, from friare to crumble — more at friction Date: 1563 easily crumbled or pulverized <
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Synonyms: see fragilefriability noun

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  • friable — [ frijabl ] adj. • 1535; lat. friabilis, de friare « broyer » ♦ Qui peut facilement se réduire en menus fragments, en poudre. « un coteau lézardé, éraillé, friable à force de sécheresse » (Gautier). Galette à pâte friable. ● friable adjectif… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Friable — Fri a*ble, a. [L. friabilis, fr. friare to rub, break, or crumble into small pieces, cf. fricare to rub, E. fray: cf. F. friable.] Easily crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder. Friable ground. Evelyn. Soft and friable texture. Paley. {Fri… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • friable — Friable. adj. de tout genre. Terme Dogmatique. Qui est cassant, & facile à estre reduit en poudre. Le verre est friable. le sel est friable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • friable — 1560s, from M.Fr. friable and directly from L. friabilis easily crumbled or broken, from friare rub away, crumble into small pieces, related to fricare to rub. Related: Friability …   Etymology dictionary

  • friable — Relativo a algo que fácilmente se quiebra, desmenuza o pulveriza. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • friable — index dilapidated Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • friable — short, frangible, crisp, brittle, *fragile Analogous words: crumbling or crumbly, disintegrating (see corresponding verbs at DECAY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • friable — (Del lat. friabĭlis, desmenuzable). adj. Que se desmenuza fácilmente …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • friable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ easily crumbled. DERIVATIVES friability noun. ORIGIN Latin friabilis, from friare to crumble …   English terms dictionary

  • friable — [frī′ə bəl] adj. [Fr < L friabilis < friare, to rub, crumble < IE base * bhrēi , to cut, scrape > Russ briti, to shave, L fricare, to rub] easily crumbled or crushed into powder SYN. FRAGILE friability n. friableness …   English World dictionary

  • friable — 1. Easily reduced to powder. 2. In bacteriology, denoting a dry and brittle culture falling into powder when touched or shaken. [L. friabilis, fr. frio, to crumble] * * * fri·a·ble frī ə bəl adj easily crumbled or pulverized <friable… …   Medical dictionary

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