spall


1spall

noun \ˈspl\

Definition of SPALL

:  a small fragment or chip especially of stone

Examples of SPALL

  1. <found a variety of uses for the spalls left over from their stonecutting operations>

Origin of SPALL

Middle English spalle
First Known Use: 15th century

2spall

verb

Definition of SPALL

transitive verb
:  to break up or reduce by or as if by chipping with a hammer
intransitive verb
1
:  to break off chips, scales, or slabs :  exfoliate
2
:  to undergo spallation
spall·able \ˈsp-lə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of SPALL

1758

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