spall

[ spawl ]
/ spɔl /

noun

a chip or splinter, as of stone or ore.

verb (used with object)

to break into smaller pieces, as ore; split or chip.

verb (used without object)

to break or split off in chips or bits.

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Origin of spall

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

OTHER WORDS FROM spall

spall·er, nounnon·spall·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spall

spall
/ (spɔːl) /

noun

a splinter or chip of ore, rock, or stone

verb

to split or cause to split into such fragments

Word Origin for spall

C15: of unknown origin
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