spandrel NOUN Architecture the almost triangular space between the curve of an arch, a wall or an adjoining arch, and the ceiling or framework above.
ORIGIN perhaps from Old French espaundre 'expand' .

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  • spandrel — n. Archit. 1 the almost triangular space between one side of the outer curve of an arch, a wall, and the ceiling or framework. 2 the space between the shoulders of adjoining arches and the ceiling or moulding above. Phrases and idioms: spandrel… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Spandrel (Biologie) — Der Begriff Spandrel (englisch für Spandrille, Bogenzwickel) als Bezeichnung für ein evolutionsbiologisches Phänomen wurde 1979 durch Stephen Jay Gould und Richard C. Lewontin geprägt. Der Begriff stammt aus der Architektur, wo er eine dekorierte …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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