Definition of friable in English:



  • Easily crumbled.

    ‘the soil was friable between her fingers’
    • ‘Menaker said the turbine is ‘covered with friable asbestos and is right now a hazardous work site.’’
    • ‘Acrylic paints become soft and vulnerable to damage and dirt retention at high temperatures and humidities or brittle and friable at low temperatures.’
    • ‘For example, the use of safety equipment is mandated for employees working in buildings where friable asbestos is present prior to demolition or major remodeling.’
    • ‘Molasse is a dialect word used by French-speaking farmers in western Switzerland to describe soft, friable sandstones.’
    • ‘There was asbestos in the ceilings of the basement, which now may be friable.’
    • ‘Originally vegetation held the friable, highly-weathered schist in place, but brush clearance and cut-and-fill construction have destabilised the densely inhabited hillsides.’
    • ‘The best form of winter protection is to mound up each plant at its base with loose, friable soil that drains well.’
    • ‘When freshly collected, laumontite is colorless and quite hard; however, once dry, it crumbles and becomes friable and white.’
    • ‘And it also gave me a chance to enthuse (not that I take much prompting) about how lucky I am to have such friable soil.’
    • ‘Regrettably, Messenia's alkaline soils cause most imported pottery to lose its surface slip over time, while the vessels manufactured in the friable local clays do not hold their original slips well to begin with.’
    • ‘Despite these basic differences, most herbs require the same growing conditions: a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight per day, excellent soil drainage, and moderately rich, friable soil.’
    • ‘This material, which is colored whitish or grey to yellow-orange, is so light and friable that specimens crumble under finger pressure.’
    • ‘The rock is volcanic and rather friable.’
    • ‘What's left is recognisable as human bones, though they're very friable.’
    • ‘It is especially useful for objects with high water content, such as grapes, and friable objects that may otherwise disintegrate when grasped with forceps.’
    • ‘Ants love sandy soil so if you add plenty of humus, such as compost, you'll end up with dark, moist, friable soil and no ants.’
    • ‘The source of the conglomerate is believed to have been southerly, where an unweathered friable rhyolite was water-transported with minor abrasion.’
    • ‘An unimaginable wealth of fertile topsoil in most parts of the country, this is shallow by Iowa standards, where in some areas the fine, friable soil goes down 20 feet.’
    • ‘Its volcanic composition makes the rock loose and friable, and likely to pull away in your hand at the slightest provocation.’
    • ‘Porous, relatively soft, fine-textured and somewhat friable, chalk normally is white and consists almost wholly of calcium carbonate as the common mineral calcite.’
    crumbly, easily crumbled, powdery, dusty, chalky, soft
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Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin friabilis, from friare ‘to crumble’.