Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To break up.
- n. A chip or splinter of wood.
- n. In ship-building, one of a number of cross-bands fastened temporarily to the frames to keep them in place until properly secured. Also called spaling.
- In mining, to inflict a fine upon for breach of some rule of the mine.
- n. Scotland A chip or splinter of wood.
- n. A lath; a shaving or chip, as of wood or stone.
- n. A strengthening cross timber.
- n. One of a number of cross-bands fastened temprarily to the frames to keep them in place until properly secured; a spaling.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Prov. Eng. & Scot. A lath; a shaving or chip, as of wood or stone.
- n. (Shipbuilding) A strengthening cross timber.
- From Middle English spale ("splinter"), perhaps partly from Old English *spalu (“flat bar, flake, chip”) or Old Norse spǫlr ("plank, rail, bar, short piece of wood"), both from Proto-Germanic *spaluz (“pole, rod, thin bar, lath”); and partly as an alteration of Old English speld ("ember, flake, torch, splinter, thin piece of wood used as a torch"), from Proto-Germanic *speldan (“that which is split, splinter, board”); both from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pala-, *(s)pel- (“to split in two, split in half”). Cognate with Middle High German spale ("rung of a ladder"; > German dialectal Spale ("a wooden split, wedge")), Swedish dialectal spalu ("splinter"), Norwegian dialectal spel, spela, spila ("a splinter"), Icelandic spölur ("bit, short piece"). See also split. (Wiktionary)
“Lat þine tunge habbe spale. þu wenest þat þes dai bo þinoȝe.”
“Ef that he was payin '3 dollars a week, I should feel easier, bring your soing an' sett a good long spale. yours truly,”
“Deed, Dugald, I'm just taking this bit spale boardie hame below my arm.”
“Little good, little ill, like a spale amang parritch, was that chap”
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