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spandrel

noun span·drel \ˈspan-drəl\

Definition of spandrel

  1. 1 :  the sometimes ornamented space between the right or left exterior curve of an arch and an enclosing right angle

  2. 2 :  the triangular space beneath the string of a stair



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Variants of spandrel

also span·dril play \ˈspan-drəl\

Origin of spandrel

Middle English spandrell, from Anglo-French spaunder, from espandre to spread out — more at spawn


First Known Use: 15th century

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