Definition of spandrel in English:

spandrel

Line breaks: span|drel
Pronunciation: /ˈspandrɪl
 
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noun

Architecture
1The almost triangular space between one side of the outer curve of an arch, a wall, and the ceiling or framework.
More example sentences
  • Relief panels containing scenes from the Childhood of Christ filled the triangular spandrels between the gables dominating the screen's facade.
  • On the rear wall is a kind of private chapel, a wall niche framed by pilasters and faced with spandrels with inlaid vegetal ornament, which shelters an altar.
  • The building service core is a solid, while transparency is achieved through variations in a curtain wall composed of vision, spandrel, and fritted glass.
1.1The space between the shoulders of adjoining arches and the ceiling or moulding above.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps from Anglo-Norman French spaund(e)re, or from espaundre 'expand'.

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