spall

noun
\ ˈspȯl How to pronounce spall (audio) \

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 How to pronounce spall (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for spall

Synonyms: Noun

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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 They are made up of huge amounts of matter squeezed into a spall space, which creates a gravitational field so powerful that the black hole pulls everything around it inside, including light. Vogue, 10 Apr. 2019 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, 8 Mar. 2018 The reports noted that numerous repairs had been made to cracks and spalls in the spillway. Bettina Boxall, latimes.com, 24 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, 27 June 2019 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, 27 June 2019 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, 27 June 2019 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, 27 June 2019 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, 27 June 2019 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, 27 June 2019 When spalling occurs on the exterior of the concrete, material can break off and fall onto the road below. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, 22 June 2018 Where the rocks had spalled, the ledges were covered in moss and spiked with twisted red arbutus trees. New York Times, 26 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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The first known use of spall was in the 15th century

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“Spall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spall. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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