[ spawl ]

  1. a chip or splinter, as of stone or ore.

verb (used with object)
  1. to break into smaller pieces, as ore; split or chip.

verb (used without object)
  1. to break or split off in chips or bits.

Origin of spall

1750–60; origin uncertain; compare late Middle English spalle a chip

Other words from spall

  • spaller, noun
  • non·spall·ing, adjective

Words Nearby spall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use spall in a sentence

  • Mr. Joseph D. McGuire fabricates a grooved jade ax from an entirely rough spall in less than a hundred hours.

    Folkways | William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for spall


/ (spɔːl) /

  1. a splinter or chip of ore, rock, or stone

  1. to split or cause to split into such fragments

Origin of spall

C15: of unknown origin

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