breakage from stress without signficant plastic deformation
- For the film, see Frailty (film).
Frailty is the characteristic of being frail, delicate, easily hurt or damaged.
- Glass antique! 'twixt thee and Nell
Draw we here a parallel.
She, like thee, was forced to bear
All reflections, foul or fair.
Thou art deep and bright within,—
Depths as bright belong'd to Gwynne;
Thou art very frail as well,
Frail as flesh is,—so was Nell.
- Samuel Laman Blanchard, Nell Gwynne's Looking Glass (1843), Stanza 1.
- This is the porcelain clay of human kind.
- John Dryden, Don Sebastian (1690), Act I, scene 1.
- Unthought-of Frailties cheat us in the Wise.
- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle To Temple, line 69.
- Sometimes we are devils to ourselves,
When we will tempt the frailty of our powers,
Presuming on their changeful potency.