from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Easily broken, damaged, or destroyed; frail.
- adj. Lacking physical or emotional strength; delicate.
- adj. Lacking substance; tenuous or flimsy: a fragile claim to fame.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Easily broken or destroyed, and thus often of subtle or intricate structure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Easily broken; brittle; frail; delicate; easily destroyed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Easily broken; brittle; hence, offering weak resistance to any destroying force; weak; easily destroyed; liable to fail.
- Synonyms Fragile, Frail; weak, infirm, slight, delicate. Fragile is nearly always restricted to the physical; frail applies to the physical, but has also been extended to the moral.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. easily broken or damaged or destroyed
- adj. vulnerably delicate
- adj. lacking substance or significance
French, from Old French, from Latin fragilis, from frangere, frag-, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fragilis, formed on frag-, the root of frangere ("to break"). Cognate with frail, fraction, fracture. (Wiktionary)