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spalln. [OF. espaule; cf. It. spalla. See Epaule.].
     The shoulder.  Spenser.  [1913 Webster]
spalln. [Prov. E. spall, spell. See Spale, Spell a splinter.].
     A chip or fragment, especially a chip of stone as struck off the block by the hammer, having at least one feather-edge.  [1913 Webster]
spallv. t. 
  •  To break into small pieces, as ore, for the purpose of separating from rock.  Pryce.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To reduce, as irregular blocks of stone, to an approximately level surface by hammering.  [1913 Webster]
spallv. i. 
     To give off spalls, or wedge-shaped chips; -- said of stone, as when badly set, with the weight thrown too much on the outer surface.  [1913 Webster]


spall, n. & v.
--n. a splinter or chip, esp. of rock.
--v.intr. & tr. break up or cause (ore) to break up in preparation for sorting.

ME (also spale): orig. unkn.

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