Spandrel meaning

spăndrəl
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The roughly triangular space between the left or right exterior curve of an arch and the rectangular framework surrounding it.
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The space between two arches and a horizontal molding or cornice above them.
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Either of the triangular spaces between the exterior curve of an arch and a rectangular frame or mold enclosing it.
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Any of the spaces between a series of arches and a straight cornice running above them.
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(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.
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(architecture) The triangular space under a stair; the material that fills the space.
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(architecture) A horizontal member between the windows of each storey of a tall building.
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An oriental rug having a pattern of arches; the design in the corners of such a rug, especially in a prayer rug.
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(genetics) A phenotypic characteristic that evolved as a side effect of a true adaptation.
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Origin of spandrel

  • Middle English spaundrell probably from spandre space between supporting timbers from Anglo-Norman spaundre from spandre to spread out from Latin expandere expand

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition