- a chip or splinter, as of stone or ore.
- to break into smaller pieces, as ore; split or chip.
- to break or split off in chips or bits.
Origin of spall
Examples from the Web for spall
Spall says that, faced with the contradictions in the research, they created an amalgam of them.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
Tim [Spall] could well be nominated and not win because Hollywood films tend to win.
Spall spent two years training to paint in preparation for the role.
Spall plays him brilliantly as a grumbling, grunting beast of a man whose sensitivity and kindness emerges slowly.
Spall was rewarded for his hard work with the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
- a splinter or chip of ore, rock, or stone
- to split or cause to split into such fragments
Word Origin and History for spall
"chip of stone," mid-15c., from Middle English verb spald "to split open" (early 14c.), from or related to Middle Dutch spalden, Middle Low German spalden, cognate with Old High German spaltan "to split" (see spill (v.)).