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frail


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Frail  \Frail\,  n.  [OE.  fraiel,  fraile,  OF  fraiel,  freel,  frael, 
  fr  LL  fraellum.] 
  A  basket  made  of  rushes,  used  chiefly  for  containing  figs  and 
  raisins. 
 
  2.  The  quantity  of  raisins  --  about  thirty-two,  fifty-six,  or 
  seventy-five  pounds,  --  contained  in  a  frail. 
 
  3.  A  rush  for  weaving  baskets.  --Johnson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Frail  \Frail\,  a.  [Compar.  {Frailer};  superl.  {Frailest}.]  [OE. 
  frele,  freile  OF  fraile,  frele,  F.  fr[^e]le,  fr  L. 
  fragilis.  See  {Fragile}.] 
  1.  Easily  broken;  fragile;  not  firm  or  durable;  liable  to 
  fail  and  perish;  easily  destroyed;  not  tenacious  of  life; 
  weak;  infirm. 
 
  That  I  may  know  how  frail  I  am  --Ps.  xxxix 
  4. 
 
  An  old  bent  man,  worn  and  frail.  --Lowell. 
 
  2.  Tender.  [Obs.] 
 
  Deep  indignation  and  compassion.  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  Liable  to  fall  from  virtue  or  be  led  into  sin;  not  strong 
  against  temptation;  weak  in  resolution;  also  unchaste;  -- 
  often  applied  to  fallen  women. 
 
  Man  is  frail,  and  prone  to  evil.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  frail 
  adj  1:  physically  weak;  "an  invalid's  frail  body"  [ant:  {robust}] 
  2:  having  the  attributes  of  man  as  opposed  to  e.g.  divine 
  beings;  "I'm  only  human";  "frail  humanity"  [syn:  {fallible}, 
  {imperfect},  {weak}] 
  3:  easily  broken  or  damaged  or  destroyed;  "a  kite  too  delicate 
  to  fly  safely";  "fragile  porcelain  plates";  "fragile  old 
  bones";  "a  frail  craft"  [syn:  {delicate},  {fragile}] 
  n  1:  the  weight  of  a  frail  (basket)  full  of  raisins  or  figs; 
  between  50  and  75  pounds 
  2:  a  basket  for  holding  dried  fruit  (especially  raisins  or 
  figs) 




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