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Spalt \Spalt\, n. [Cf. G. spaltstein, from spalten to split. See 1st Spell.] (Metal.) Spelter. [Colloq.]


Spalt \Spalt\, a. [See 1st Spell.]

  1. Liable to break or split; brittle; as, spalt timber. [Prov. Eng.]

  2. Heedless; clumsy; pert; saucy. [Prov. Eng.]


Spalt \Spalt\, v. t. & i. [Cf. OE. spalden. See Spalt, a.] To split off; to cleave off, as chips from a piece of timber, with an ax. [Prov. Eng. & Local, U.S.]


Etymology 2

  1. 1 (context of wood English) brittle 2 heedless; clumsy; pert; saucy n. spelter v

  2. To break off pieces, especially with an axe etc; to splinter


Spalt is a town in the district of Roth, in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated 19 km southwest of Schwabach. The city of Spalt is famous for its growing of hops for beer.

Usage examples of "spalt".

Indeed, Elmo considered that he had learned much from Spalt, whom he deemed to be palpably no ordinary village disciplinarian.

He assumed that, at some point in his career or in his life, Spalt had been in trouble, so that he had sunk below his proper position in scholarship.

Sturzflug ab, in einem letzten, verzweifelten Geschwindigkeitsausbruch, entsetzt nach einem Spalt in den Klippen ausschauend, um sich darin zu bergen, nach einem winzigen Ort, wohin ihr kein Raubvogel folgen konnte.

Sonnenstreif durch einen Spalt und zeichnet einen phantastischen Lichtfleck auf die entgegengesetzte Wand.

Nathaniel pointed out a spalt in the cliff face that might have been nothing more than shadow.