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A.Word.A.Day--spall

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This week's theme: verbs.

spall (spal) verb tr., intr.

To break into small pieces; to splinter.

noun

A chip or splinter, especially of stone.

[Of unknown origin.]

See more usage examples of spall in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"'There's concrete that's been spalling away from the abutment,' said Brent Johnson, the city's deputy director of engineering." Matt Lakin; TDOT's Concrete Concerns; Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee); Apr 19, 2008.

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