Definition of brittleness:
- brittleness (part of speech: noun)
- excitability (part of speech: noun)
The hardening of steel makes it brittle and weak in proportion as it is hardened, but this brittleness and weakness are removed and the steel recovers the strength and toughness due to its soft state in proportion as it is lowered or tempered.- "Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II", Joshua Rose.
It may answer, but paraffine or other similar substances must be put in to prevent brittleness, One thing is certain, and that is, everything must be poured in layers, not only the boxes, but the tubes.- "Edison, His Life and Inventions", Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin.
- "Varied Types", G. K. Chesterton.