Usage examples for brittle

  1. " View that well," exclaimed Mr. Brittle in a transport of enthusiasm, " for such a specimen not one of half the size has ever been imported to Europe. – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  2. The only busy men in town are those who stand by the seething oil- pots and manufacture the brittle forage of the browsing herds. – Castilian Days by John Hay
  3. Legs snapped off as though the entire flesh had become brittle – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  4. Soda does not suit as well as potash, as it has a tendency to leave the fibre harsh in feel and somewhat brittle yet on account of its being so much cheaper it is the most largely used. – The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics by Franklin Beech
  5. To pierce these brittle preparations for preservation is hazardous, and it is a better way to mount them with gum on card, placing some examples on their back. – Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects by C. V. Riley
  6. Her dry brittle tone was anything but reassuring. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  7. He was tall and very thin, and his white skin clothed his bones like brittle paper. – The Star Lord by Boyd Ellanby
  8. Have to play the game as she is played; silly brittle talk about nothing. –  by
  9. Joey's laugh was brittle – The Prophetic Camera by John McGreevey
  10. Brittle branches occasionally snapped in the dense silence. – By Right of Purchase by Harold Bindloss
  11. Jed broke brittle branches from a tree that had fallen and died, and Pete built a fire. – We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run by James Arthur Kjelgaard
  12. The trunks rose about them in tremendous columns, thorns clutched their garments, and twigs and brittle branches snapped beneath their feet. – Vane of the Timberlands by Harold Bindloss
  13. And which in time shall like the bird encased By brittle shell, break forth and fly aloft, Singing to startled worlds sweet freedom's song. – 'A Comedy of Errors' in Seven Acts by Spokeshave (AKA Old Fogy)
  14. Eggs and bacon he had, but the lighting of the fire fatigued him more than anything he had done all day, and he fell asleep in the kitchen, and the bacon went brittle and his attempt at bread was become an unmasticable fossil. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  15. It's brittle stuff it's made of, and most likely I should have smashed it 'fore I got it home. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  16. Rarush Durmar Turkey Brittle mellow; nutty. – The Complete Book of Cheese by Robert Carlton Brown
  17. " You have made your point, Mr. Alhamid," he said in a brittle voice. – Anchorite by Randall Garrett
  18. Their limbs had not been twisted off as a freak of the fall but had been cleanly broken off, as though the bodies had suddenly become brittle and had shattered on their impact with the ground. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  19. Exactly as before, I was your little skylark, your doll, which you would in future treat with doubly gentle care, because it was so brittle and fragile. – A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
  20. Tahajo, ancient and brittle as the stalks around them, bent over and brushed Atiba's dusty feet. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover