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