AskDefine | Define frail

Dictionary Definition

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]


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)

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old French frele, from Latin fragilis.


American (SAMPA): [freI5]


  1. Easily broken; mentally or physically fragile; not firm or durable; liable to fail and perish; easily destroyed; not tenacious of life; weak; infirm.
  2. Liable to fall from virtue or be led into sin; not strong against temptation; weak in resolution; unchaste.

Related terms


easily broken, mentally or physically fragile
  • Portuguese: frágil
  • Spanish: frágil
liable to fall from virtue
  • Portuguese: fraco


  1. A basket made of rushes, used chiefly for containing figs and raisins.
  2. The quantity of raisins contained in a frail.
  3. A rush for weaving baskets.



  1. To play a stringed instrument, usually a banjo, by picking with the back of a fingernail.

Extensive Definition

Frail is the title of the demo album that Jars Of Clay released in 1994 when they were still students at Greenville College. Only 1,500 copies of the album were pressed and have long been sold out. It is now considered a collector's item among the band's fans, with copies being sold on eBay at prices well over the original selling price. Of the album's nine tracks, seven of them were re-recorded for the band's debut album, Jars Of Clay, while the other two ("Fade To Grey" and "Frail") were re-recorded for their second album, Much Afraid.

Track listing

  1. "Liquid" - 3:23
  2. "Boy On A String (Sunflower Song)" - 3:28
  3. "Art In Me" - 3:39
  4. "He" - 5:15
  5. "Fade To Grey" - 4:54
  6. "Frail" - 4:05
  7. "Like A Child" - 4:48
  8. "Love Song For A Savior" - 4:37
  9. "Four Seven" - 2:46

Performance Credits

  • Dan Haseltine - vocals, keyboards,
  • Stephen Mason - guitars, background vocals, bass, sampling
  • Charlie Lowell - keyboards
  • Matt Bronleewe - guitars
  • Tim Erwin - background vocals (on "Love Song For A Savior")
  • Brian McDonough - drums (on "Liquid")
  • Jeremy Bosa - recorder (on "Like A Child")
  • Bridget Wintermann - violin (on "Like A Child")
  • Joe Porter - tambourine (on "Fade To Grey")
  • Tim Hiber - beats

Technical Credits

  • Tim Erwin - producer
  • Stephen Leiweke - producer, Mac editing, mastering
  • Charlie Lowell - engineering
  • Joe Porter - engineering (on "Fade To Grey")
  • Virginia Peters - artwork
  • Brad Roseberry - photography
  • Joe Silvey - photography
  • Seth Carrington - photography


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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