- either of the triangular spaces between the exterior curve of an arch and a rectangular frame or mold enclosing it
- any of the spaces between a series of arches and a straight cornice running above them
Origin of spandrelMiddle English spaundrell, diminutive of Anglo-French spaundre from Old French espandre, to expand from Classical Latin expandere, expand
- The roughly triangular space between the left or right exterior curve of an arch and the rectangular framework surrounding it.
- The space between two arches and a horizontal molding or cornice above them.
Origin of spandrelMiddle English spaundrell probably from spandre space between supporting timbers from Anglo-Norman spaundre from spandre to spread out from Latin expandere ; see expand .
- (architecture) The space (often triangular) between the outer curve of an arch (the extrados) and a straight-sided figure that bounds it; the space between two contiguous arches and a straight feature above them
- (architecture) The triangular space under a stair; the material that fills the space
- (architecture) A horizontal member between the windows of each storey of a tall building
- An oriental rug having a pattern of arches; the design in the corners of such a rug, especially in a prayer rug
- (genetics) A phenotypic characteristic that evolved as a side effect of a true adaptation