Definition of friable in English:

friable

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrʌɪəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

Easily crumbled: the soil was friable between her fingers
More example sentences
  • This material, which is colored whitish or grey to yellow-orange, is so light and friable that specimens crumble under finger pressure.
  • The best form of winter protection is to mound up each plant at its base with loose, friable soil that drains well.
  • When freshly collected, laumontite is colorless and quite hard; however, once dry, it crumbles and becomes friable and white.
Synonyms
crumbly, easily crumbled, powdery, dusty, chalky, soft; dry, crisp, brittle
rare pulverulent, levigated, brashy

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin friabilis, from friare 'to crumble'.

Derivatives

friability

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • The video also depicted various physical and analytical tests performed on tablets, including weight uniformity, tablet hardness, friability, disintegration, and dissolution.
  • In one application of the invention, the apparatus can be used to test the friability of diamond particles.
  • This work involves the development of methodology for characterizing and predicting the friability of granules by combining experimental and theoretical techniques as an extension of our recent work.

friableness

noun
More example sentences
  • With a maximum density there is a minimum friableness which in turn produces, during the shearing and classification steps, less fine material which is below the desired product range size.
  • The tufa, thanks to its friableness, lends itself to artisan work.
  • The particular kind of the bedrock is not homogeneous and consequently is characterized by mechanical weakness and superficial friableness.

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