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The ability of a material to break or crack when placed under pressure. A very brittle material will snap or tear when it is folded. This is usually an undesirable quality. A material with low brittleness will readily deform under pressure without breaking. A brittle metal has low ductility and low malleability.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Sprödigkeit (Deut.); fragilité (Fr.); brittle

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 949
  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • A.Lucas, J.R.Harris, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries, Edward Arnold Publishers Ltd., London, 4th edition, 1962

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