- 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 spalling
“Spalling” occurs when water in the concrete boils faster than it can escape, and steam blows flakes away from the surface.Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To?
May 26, 2014
The principle is the same as that which causes the “spalling” of stones in buildings during fires.Geology
William J. Miller
- a splinter or chip of ore, rock, or stone
- to split or cause to split into such fragments
Word Origin and History for spalling
"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.)).