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Frail

Frail may refer to:

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)

frail \frail\ (fr[=a]l), n. [OE. fraiel, fraile, OF. fraiel, freel, frael, fr. LL. fraellum.] A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins. [1913 Webster] 2. The quantity of raisins -- about thirty-two, fifty-six, or seventy-five pounds, -- contained in a frail. [1913 Webster] 3. A rush for weaving baskets. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

frail \frail\, a. [Compar. {frailer} (fr[=a]l"[~e]r); 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. [1913 Webster] That I may know how frail I am. --Ps. xxxix. 4. [1913 Webster] An old bent man, worn and frail. --Lowell. [1913 Webster] 2. Tender. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Deep indignation and compassion frail. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Man is frail, and prone to evil. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Infirm

A disease is a particular abnormal condition, a disorder of a structure or function, that affects part or all of an organism.

infirm adj 1: confined to bed (by illness) [syn: {bedfast}, {bedridden}, {bedrid}, {sick-abed}] 2: lacking physical strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless" [syn: {decrepit}, {debile}, {feeble}, {sapless}, {weak}, {weakly}] 3: lacking firmness of will or character or purpose; "infirm of purpose; give me the daggers" - Shakespeare 4: weak and feeble; "I'm feeling seedy today" [syn: {debilitated}, {enfeebled}, {seedy}]

Infirm \In*firm"\ ([i^]n*f[~e]rm"), a. [L. infirmus: cf. F. infirme. See {In-} not, and {Firm}, a.] 1. Not firm or sound; weak; feeble; as, an infirm body; an infirm constitution. [1913 Webster] A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Weak of mind or will; irresolute; vacillating. ``An infirm judgment.'' --Burke. [1913 Webster] Infirm of purpose! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Not solid or stable; insecure; precarious. [1913 Webster] He who fixes on false principles treads or infirm ground. --South. Syn: Debilitated; sickly; feeble; decrepit; weak; enfeebled; irresolute; vacillating; imbecile. [1913 Webster]

Infirm \In*firm"\, v. t. [L. infirmare : cf. F. infirmer.] To weaken; to enfeeble. [Obs.] --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • frail: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • frail: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • frail: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • infirm: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • infirm: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • infirm: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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