The Collaborative International Dictionary
Spale \Spale\, n. [Cf. Spell a splinter.]
A lath; a shaving or chip, as of wood or stone. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
(Shipbuilding) A strengthening cross timber.
n. 1 (context Now chiefly dialectal Scotland English) A chip or splinter of wood. 2 A lath; a shaving or chip, as of wood or stone. 3 A strengthening cross timber. 4 (context ship-building English) One of a number of cross-bands fastened temprarily to the frames to keep them in place until properly secured; a spaling.
Usage examples of "spale".
All she could do was to watch their wants, to have the tool they needed next ready to their hand, to clear away the spales from before the busy plane, and to lie in wait for any chance of putting to her little strength to help.