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  • n. spelter
  • adj. brittle
  • v. To break off pieces, especially with an axe etc; to splinter

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Liable to break or split; brittle.
  • adj. Heedless; clumsy; pert; saucy.
  • n. Spelter.
  • v. To split off; to cleave off, as chips from a piece of timber, with an ax.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To split off, as large splinters from a piece of timber in working it.
  • Brittle; liable to break or split.
  • Frail; clumsy; heedless; pert.
  • n. A whitish scaly mineral, used to promote the fusion of metals.

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  • adj 1. Liable to break or split; brittle; as, spalt timber; 2. Heedless; clumsy; pert; saucy.

    January 13, 2009