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spall

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noun \ˈspȯl\

Definition of spall

  1. :  a small fragment or chip especially of stone

Examples of spall in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of spall

Middle English spalle


First Known Use: 15th century


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spall

verb

Definition of spall

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to break up or reduce by or as if by chipping with a hammer

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to break off chips, scales, or slabs :  exfoliate

  5. 2 :  to undergo spallation

spallable

play \ˈspȯ-lə-bəl\ adjective

1758

First Known Use of spall

1758



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