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’
    • ‘These effects combine to make phosphorus an extremely effective embrittling agent, even when fracture occurs transgranularly.’
    • ‘Hydrogen is the most effective embrittling agent for Va metals.’
    • ‘This is because some of the alloying elements form oxides and other compounds at the grain boundaries, embrittling the material.’
    • ‘Recently the titanium industry has become aware that hydrogen is a major factor in embrittling titanium.’
    • ‘This allows for improvement in the strength without embrittling the plastic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Titanium can withstand much more oxygen or nitrogen before becoming embrittled; however, small amounts of hydrogen will cause embrittlement.’
    • ‘This alloy is, however, not satisfactory for use at elevated temperatures because it is age hardenable, and becomes embrittled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Consequently, the material is embrittled by impurity segregation to interfacial boundaries.’
    • ‘It is extremely important that the salts be free of all traces of sulfur, so that the work does not become embrittled.’
    • ‘The high temperature treatment effaces the strains, coalesces the sulphide films in the ferrite which embrittle the steel and produces homogenity by rapid diffusion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because of the high solubilities in niobium and tantalum, these embrittling contaminants normally do not present problems in fabrication.’
    • ‘Nickel has a strengthening effect, similar to that of manganese, although more limited because it only acts to reduce the embrittling effect of iron.’



/ɪmˈbrɪt(ə)l/ /ɛmˈbrɪt(ə)l/