Definition of frangible in English:



  • 1Able to be broken into fragments; brittle or fragile.

    ‘the frangible skull of an infant’
    figurative ‘she had kept his frangible mind together through many troubled years’
    • ‘The flatbread was a ritzy variant on pizza with a thin, frangible crust held together by a liberal serving of melted Brie, and sensibly strewn with cubes of smoked salmon and capers.’
    • ‘I bought it from the catalog version of the store, and while they're delighted to accept mailed returns, they packed the thing in the most frangible variety of styrofoam, filling the room with a thousand easily-inhaled chunks.’
    • ‘Again and again, the author's childhood becomes an arena of nostalgia deepening into elegy, the place from which a series of variations on the subject of hard past/soft and frangible present can be generated.’
    • ‘During the show they mentioned frangible bullets as being safe on the range because of their construction.’
    fragile, breakable, easily broken, easily damaged, delicate, flimsy, insubstantial
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    1. 1.1Denoting ammunition designed to disintegrate into very small particles on impact.
      ‘frangible bullets’
      • ‘Their indoor range is set up for non-toxic frangible ammunition which allows shooting on steel plates as close as yards with no danger.’
      • ‘Barriers International manufactured the alloy pins for the frangible fences.’
      • ‘The idea of frangible bullets is hardly new.’
      • ‘The M64 would be loaded with a high performance frangible.38 Special cartridge with a superbly lethal design.’
      • ‘During the show they mentioned frangible bullets as being safe on the range because of their construction (i.e. compressed copper).’
      • ‘Driven at maximum handgun velocities, the XTP hollow-point is a more frangible bullet than either the Partition Gold or the hard Freedom Arms bullets.’
      • ‘Couple this with the popularity and usefulness of steel targets and a frangible bullet becomes even more desirable.’
      • ‘While the original designs were somewhat too frangible on big-game, this is no longer true with excellent big-game bullets being offered across the board from 6mm through 9.3mm.’
      • ‘The company is also working on the development of non-toxic, frangible bullets.’
      • ‘In the recent past, frangible bullets have been made according to two general formulas using mixtures of elements in either powdered or solid forms.’
      • ‘Bismuth Cartridge Co. has taken its non-toxic technology and applied it to frangible handgun training ammunition.’
      • ‘The one brand of frangible bullet ammo I tried was all over the target and occasionally off it.’
      • ‘A new load includes frangible buckshot made by Remington's Disintegrator process that uses copper-plated powdered iron for the projectile.’
      • ‘This stuff doesn't stop any but the most frangible bullet.’
      • ‘Remington also has a line of lead-free frangible and reduced-hazard ammunition.’
      • ‘The frangible ammo disintegrates on target, meaning there is no back splash or ricochets to harm the shooter or other bystanders.’
      • ‘Until recently the handloader has not been able to buy frangible bullets.’
      • ‘With the exception of the frangible bullet loads, the test gun kept everything comfortably inside that margin.’
      • ‘The lead-free frangible ammunition is called Disintegrator and is offered in Remington's Law Enforcement line.’
      • ‘It is available in nine calibers - two rifle and seven pistol - and features Longbow non-toxic frangible bullets and non-toxic heavy metal-free primers.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere to break.