- 1.1 (fragile)(twigs/bones)Example sentences1.2 (tense)
- Quartz is a very hard stone; it's also brittle and breaks easily into small chunks.
- The Earth's crust, as with many planetary crusts, is brittle and breaks relatively easily.
- In severe cases, nails may become brittle and break easily.
- O'Toole's clear blue eyes and brittle voice flood with so much anguish and pain that even Pitt's fixed pout and the awful lines cannot make a laughable travesty of the scene.
- When he spoke again, his voice was brittle.
- Other songs recall Joy Division and Depeche Mode, as his brittle voice tiptoes to center stage with only a spare backing of guitars and drum loops.
- So much so that, in meeting Streep, an edge of brittle insecurity appears faintly visible beneath her ageless face and coolly cordial manner.
- Hearst's world is populated by nervous, brittle sophisticates who jump joylessly around when the potentate's mistress orders them to Charleston: cats on a very hot tin roof.
- Poets, popularly, are delicate petals, emotionally brittle and easily roused.
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A portero is a superintendent in an apartment building who looks after it, keeps it clean, delivers mail, and keeps an eye on comings and goings. Porteros often have an apartment in the building as part of their pay. The portero, and particularly the female portera, are part of popular culture. They have a reputation for being inquisitive and fond of gossip.