Definition of embrittle in English:



  • Make or become brittle.

    with object ‘it was found that cotton and rayon could be made crease resisting, although the products were greatly embrittled’
    no object ‘the joints do not embrittle in extreme cold’
    • ‘Nickel has a strengthening effect, similar to that of manganese, although more limited because it only acts to reduce the embrittling effect of iron.’
    • ‘The organic materials in grounds, gilding, paint films, and varnishes become embrittled with age and can no longer flex to accommodate movement in the support.’
    • ‘This allows for improvement in the strength without embrittling the plastic.’
    • ‘The high temperature treatment effaces the strains, coalesces the sulphide films in the ferrite which embrittle the steel and produces homogenity by rapid diffusion.’
    • ‘Sulfur is particularly aggressive in that it diffuses more rapidly and embrittles more severely than does oxygen.’
    • ‘Annealing embrittles the steel by the formation of carbides at the grain boundaries.’
    • ‘This alloy is, however, not satisfactory for use at elevated temperatures because it is age hardenable, and becomes embrittled.’
    • ‘Its excellent toughness is due to a fine-grained structure of tough nickel-ferrite devoid of embrittling carbide networks, which are taken into solution during tempering at 570°C to form stable austenite islands.’
    • ‘Consequently, the material is embrittled by impurity segregation to interfacial boundaries.’
    • ‘Of the many methods for gas brazing other metals, only the oxyacetylene gas has been found effective to date with titanium in that the gas employed does not embrittle the material.’
    • ‘Because of the high solubilities in niobium and tantalum, these embrittling contaminants normally do not present problems in fabrication.’
    • ‘Recently the titanium industry has become aware that hydrogen is a major factor in embrittling titanium.’
    • ‘This is because some of the alloying elements form oxides and other compounds at the grain boundaries, embrittling the material.’
    • ‘Hydrogen is the most effective embrittling agent for Va metals.’
    • ‘Titanium can withstand much more oxygen or nitrogen before becoming embrittled; however, small amounts of hydrogen will cause embrittlement.’
    • ‘The major powder preparation for other metals is accomplished by the relatively simple hydriding process in which the metal is embrittled with hydrogen and therefore more easily pulverized.’
    • ‘These effects combine to make phosphorus an extremely effective embrittling agent, even when fracture occurs transgranularly.’
    • ‘It is extremely important that the salts be free of all traces of sulfur, so that the work does not become embrittled.’