spall


spall
spall (n.) "chip of stone," mid-15c., from Middle English verb spald "to split open" (early 14c.), from or related to M.Du. spalden, M.L.G. spalden, cognate with O.H.G. spaltan "to split" (see SPILL (Cf. spill) (v.)).

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  • Spall — are flakes of a material that are broken off a larger solid body and can be produced by a variety of mechanisms, including as a result of projectile impact, corrosion, weathering, cavitation, or excessive rolling pressure (as in a ball bearing).… …   Wikipedia

  • Spall — Spall …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Spall — Spall, n. [Prov. E. spall, spell. See {Spale}, {Spell} a splinter.] A chip or fragment, especially a chip of stone as struck off the block by the hammer, having at least one feather edge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spall — spall·ation; spall·er; spall; …   English syllables

  • Spall — Spall, v. i. To give off spalls, or wedge shaped chips; said of stone, as when badly set, with the weight thrown too much on the outer surface. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spall — Spall, n. [OF. espaule; cf. It. spalla. See {Epaule}.] The shoulder. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spall — Spall, v. t. 1. (Mining) To break into small pieces, as ore, for the purpose of separating from rock. Pryce. [1913 Webster] 2. (Masonry) To reduce, as irregular blocks of stone, to an approximately level surface by hammering. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spall — [spôl] n. [ME spalle, prob. < or akin to spalden, to chip, split, akin to Ger spalten, to split: see SPOOL] a flake or chip, esp. of stone vt., vi. 1. to break up or split 2. to break off in layers parallel to a surface …   English World dictionary

  • Spall — Wappen Deutschlandkarte …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Spall — This interesting and unusual surname, with variant spellings Spaule, Spoole, Spawell, and Spalls, recorded in English Church Registers from the early 17th Century, is of locational origin from any of the several places called St. Paul(s). These… …   Surnames reference


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