From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: Spall



  • IPA(key): /spɔːl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔːl

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English spalle (a chip) (first documented in 1440), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from the Middle English verb spald (to split) (c.1400), from Middle Low German spalden, cognate with Old High German spaltan (to split).

Alternative forms[edit]


spall (plural spalls)

English Wikipedia has articles on:
Wikipedia Wikipedia
  1. A splinter, fragment or chip, especially of stone.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York, published 2007, page 13:
      My father knew Bert Le Feuvre, the foreman of Griffith's yard, and there was a little heap of spawls waiting ready every night in summer after school for me to crack.
Derived terms[edit]


spall (third-person singular simple present spalls, present participle spalling, simple past and past participle spalled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To break into fragments or small pieces.
    • 1778, William Pryce, Mineralogia Cornubiensis: A Treatise on Minerals, Mines, and Mining [] :
      Cobbed Ore is the ſpalled which is broke out of the ſolid large ſtones with ſledges
    • 2021 May 5, Paul Stephen, “Restoring the glory of Ribblehead”, in RAIL, number 930, page 39:
      Drones will give an idea of the worst bits, but if it's lightly spalled then I don't know if they will necessarily see that.
  2. (transitive) To reduce, as irregular blocks of stone, to an approximately level surface by hammering.
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Italian spalla.


spall (plural spalls)

  1. (obsolete, rare) The shoulder.