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.
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 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