- Architecture. an area between the extradoses of two adjoining arches, or between the extrados of an arch and a perpendicular through the extrados at the springing line.
- (in a steel-framed building) a panellike area between the head of a window on one level and the sill of a window immediately above.
- Philately. the decoration occupying the space at the corner of a stamp between the border and an oval or circular central design.
Origin of spandrel
Examples from the Web for spandrel
The upper one is a spandrel piece from the traceried arcading of the stalls.Wood-Carving
For the arches and spandrel walls the gravel was passed over a 2-in.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
German clocks had this device of the cherub's head, but not in the spandrel.Chats on Old Clocks
Diversity prevails in the colours of field, spandrel, panel, and borders.Oriental Rugs
Walter A. Hawley
"I'm afraid I don't know what a spandrel is," Christopher announced with appealing frankness.Christopher and the Clockmakers</p>
Sara Ware Bassett
- an approximately triangular surface bounded by the outer curve of an arch and the adjacent wall
- the surface area between two adjacent arches and the horizontal cornice above them
Word Origin and History for spandrel
late 15c., "triangular space between the outer curves of an arch," apparently a diminutive of Anglo-French spaundre (late 14c.), perhaps a shortening of espandre "to expand, extend," from Latin expandre (see expand).