Definition of friable in English:

friable

adjective

  • Easily crumbled.

    ‘the soil was friable between her fingers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When freshly collected, laumontite is colorless and quite hard; however, once dry, it crumbles and becomes friable and white.’
    • ‘What's left is recognisable as human bones, though they're very friable.’
    • ‘Molasse is a dialect word used by French-speaking farmers in western Switzerland to describe soft, friable sandstones.’
    • ‘The best form of winter protection is to mound up each plant at its base with loose, friable soil that drains well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Porous, relatively soft, fine-textured and somewhat friable, chalk normally is white and consists almost wholly of calcium carbonate as the common mineral calcite.’
    • ‘It is especially useful for objects with high water content, such as grapes, and friable objects that may otherwise disintegrate when grasped with forceps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its volcanic composition makes the rock loose and friable, and likely to pull away in your hand at the slightest provocation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Acrylic paints become soft and vulnerable to damage and dirt retention at high temperatures and humidities or brittle and friable at low temperatures.’
    • ‘There was asbestos in the ceilings of the basement, which now may be friable.’
    • ‘The rock is volcanic and rather friable.’
    • ‘This material, which is colored whitish or grey to yellow-orange, is so light and friable that specimens crumble under finger pressure.’
    • ‘Menaker said the turbine is ‘covered with friable asbestos and is right now a hazardous work site.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Originally vegetation held the friable, highly-weathered schist in place, but brush clearance and cut-and-fill construction have destabilised the densely inhabited hillsides.’
    crumbly, easily crumbled, powdery, dusty, chalky, soft
    dry, crisp, brittle
    pulverulent, levigated, brashy
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin friabilis, from friare to crumble.

Pronunciation:

friable

/ˈfrīəbəl/