Origin of spallMiddle English spalle, probably from or akin to spalden, to chip, split, akin to German spalten, to split: see spool
- to break up or split
- to break off in layers parallel to a surface
verbspalled, spall·ing, spalls
Origin of spallMiddle English spalle
(third-person singular simple present spalls, present participle spalling, simple past and past participle spalled)
- To break into fragments or small pieces.
- To reduce, as irregular blocks of stone, to an approximately level surface by hammering.
From Middle English spalle (“a chip") (first documented in 1440), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from the Middle English verb spald (“to split") (c.1400), from Middle Low German spalden, cognate with Old High German spaltan (“to split")
- (obsolete, rare) The shoulder.
From Italian spalla.