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brittle

(jargon)
Said of software that is functional but easily broken by changes in operating environment or configuration, or by any minor tweak to the software itself. Also, any system that responds inappropriately and disastrously to abnormal but expected external stimuli; e.g. a file system that is usually totally scrambled by a power failure is said to be brittle. This term is often used to describe the results of a research effort that were never intended to be robust, but it can be applied to commercially developed software, which displays the quality far more often than it ought to.

Opposite of robust.

brittle

1. Descriptive of a material which fractures under low stress without appreciable deformation.
2. Descriptive of a paint film unable to withstand stretching or scratching without breaking or becoming otherwise deformed.
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Liverpool Crown Court heard that the first incident happened in the early hours of July 25 last year when Brittles, who was armed with a pair of scissors, attacked a security guard at student accommodation in South Hunter Street, in the city centre.
She managed to escape and went to her father's home and told how Brittles had "battered" her.
Both plants produce nougats and caramels, fudge, bonbons and peanut, cashew and almond brittles.
Cruelly, the Brittles home near Solihull School meant Jonathan was regularly reminded of the future of which he appeared to have been robbed.
DENVER, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hammond's Candies is introducing seven new flavors in its popular line of brittles - called Brittle Crisps -- giving the classic treat a fresh new edge.