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A chip, fragment, or flake from a piece of stone or ore.
v. spalled, spall·ing, spalls
To break up into chips or fragments.
To chip or crumble.
[Middle English spalle.]
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(Geological Science) a splinter or chip of ore, rock, or stone
(Geological Science) to split or cause to split into such fragments
[C15: of unknown origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a chip or splinter, as of stone or ore.v.t.
2. to break into smaller pieces, as ore; split or chip.v.i.
3. to break or split off in chips or bits.
[1750–60; orig. uncertain; compare late Middle English spalle a chip]
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Past participle: spalled
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A chip broken from a stone carving.
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|Noun||1.||spall - a fragment broken off from the edge or face of stone or ore and having at least one thin edge; "a truck bearing a mound of blue spalls"|
fragment - a piece broken off or cut off of something else; "a fragment of rock"
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