Spandrel Definition

spăndrəl
spandrels
noun
spandrels
Either of the triangular spaces between the exterior curve of an arch and a rectangular frame or mold enclosing it.
Webster's New World
Any of the spaces between a series of arches and a straight cornice running above them.
Webster's New World

(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.

Wiktionary

(genetics) A phenotypic characteristic that evolved as a side effect of a true adaptation.

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Synonyms:
  • spandril
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Other Word Forms of Spandrel

Noun

Singular:
spandrel
Plural:
spandrels

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

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