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FRAIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does frail mean? 

FRAIL (noun)
  The noun FRAIL has 2 senses:

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)

  Familiarity information: FRAIL used as a noun is rare.


FRAIL (adjective)
  The adjective FRAIL has 3 senses:

1. physically weak
2. having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
3. easily broken or damaged or destroyed

  Familiarity information: FRAIL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FRAIL (noun)


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Meaning:

The weight of a frail (basket) full of raisins or figs; between 50 and 75 pounds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("frail" is a kind of...):

weight; weight unit (a unit used to measure weight)


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Meaning:

A basket for holding dried fruit (especially raisins or figs)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("frail" is a kind of...):

basket; handbasket (a container that is usually woven and has handles)


FRAIL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Physically weak

Context example:

an invalid's frail body

Similar:

debile; decrepit; feeble; infirm; rickety; sapless; weak; weakly (lacking physical strength or vitality)

light-boned (having a bone structure that is light with respect to the surrounding flesh)

Also:

delicate (exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury)

weak (having little physical or spiritual strength)

Antonym:

robust (physically strong)


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Meaning:

Having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

Synonyms:

imperfect; frail; fallible; weak

Context examples:

I'm only a fallible human / frail humanity

Similar:

human (having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings)


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Meaning:

Easily broken or damaged or destroyed

Synonyms:

fragile; delicate; frail

Context examples:

a kite too delicate to fly safely / fragile porcelain plates / fragile old bones / a frail craft

Similar:

breakable (capable of being broken or damaged)


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