Definition of Spandrel

1. Noun. An approximately triangular surface area between two adjacent arches and the horizontal plane above them.

Exact synonyms: Spandril
Generic synonyms: Surface
Category relationships: Architecture



Definition of Spandrel

1. n. The irregular triangular space between the curve of an arch and the inclosing right angle; or the space between the outer moldings of two contiguous arches and a horizontal line above them, or another arch above and inclosing them.

Definition of Spandrel

1. Noun. (architecture) The space (often triangular) between the outer curve of an arch (the extrados) and a straight-sided figure that bounds it; the space between two contiguous arches and a straight feature above them ¹

2. Noun. (architecture) The triangular space under a stair; the material that fills the space ¹

3. Noun. (architecture) A horizontal member between the windows of each storey of a tall building ¹

4. Noun. An oriental rug having a pattern of arches; the design in the corners of such a rug, especially in a prayer rug ¹

5. Noun. (genetics) A phenotypic characteristic that evolved as a side effect of a true adaptation ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spandrel

1. a space between two adjoining arches [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spandrel

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Literary usage of Spandrel

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1. Reinforced Concrete by Albert Wells Buel, Charles Shattuck Hill (1904)
"307 can be used for bridge spandrel walls. The filling between spandrel walls ... The spandrel walls were composed of a 1-2-4 broken-stone concrete and were ..."

2. Reinforced Concrete by Albert Wells Buel, Charles Shattuck Hill (1904)
"307 can be used for bridge spandrel walls. The filling between spandrel walls ... The spandrel walls were composed of a 1—2-4 broken-stone concrete and were ..."

3. Reinforced Concrete by Albert Wells Buel, Charles Shattuck Hill (1904)
"307 can be used for bridge spandrel walls. The filling between spandrel walls ... The spandrel walls were composed of a 1-2-4 broken-stone concrete and were ..."

4. Reinforced Concrete by Albert Wells Buel, Charles Shattuck Hill (1906)
"343 can be used for bridge spandrel walls. The filling between spandrel walls ... The spandrel walls were composed of a 1-2-4 broken-stone concrete and were ..."

5. Reinforced Concrete by Albert Wells Buel, Charles Shattuck Hill (1904)
"307 can be used for bridge spandrel walls. The filling between spandrel walls ... The spandrel walls were composed of a 1-2-4 broken-stone concrete and were ..."

6. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by George Albert Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson (1920)
"Under these conditions, then, it a satisfactory to design spandrel beams ... This is good and safe practice where reasonably large spandrel beams are used. ..."

7. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by George Albert Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson (1920)
"Under these conditions, then, it is JUG satisfactory to design spandrel ... This is good and safe practice where reasonably large spandrel beams are used. ..."

8. Architectural Engineering: With Special Reference to High Building by Joseph Kendall Freitag (1901)
"spandrel Section. Reliance Building 168 80. Connection of Cast Mullions. ... spandrel Section, eleventh floor. Fort Dearborn Building 169 82. ..."

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