spall

noun
\ˈspȯl \

Definition of spall 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a small fragment or chip especially of stone

spall

verb
spalled; spalling; spalls

Definition of spall (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from spall

Verb

spallable \ˈspȯ-lə-bəl \ adjective

Examples of spall in a Sentence

Noun

found a variety of uses for the spalls left over from their stonecutting operations

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The curtains are made up of overlapping, three-quarter inch plates of AR500 steel encased in a layer of ballistic nylon that captures spall, the shards of metal that break off from a colliding bullet. Dan Robitzski, Popular Mechanics, "This Bulletproof Curtain Could Protect Students From Gunmen," 8 Mar. 2018 The reports noted that numerous repairs had been made to cracks and spalls in the spillway. Bettina Boxall, latimes.com, "Water under Oroville spillway probably caused February collapse, state consultants say," 24 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When spalling occurs on the exterior of the concrete, material can break off and fall onto the road below. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "How a 20-minute fire in the fatal I-84 crash ruined a concrete overpass," 22 June 2018 Where the rocks had spalled, the ledges were covered in moss and spiked with twisted red arbutus trees. New York Times, "Sailing Into Today on a Boat From Our Past," 26 Jan. 2018 Even better, the shards of glass from the inner lamination wind up stuck to the membrane, keeping them from spalling away from the windshield at a high velocity, causing great havoc. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Cracked Windshield," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spall

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1758, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spall

Noun

Middle English spalle

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