noun 1 Architecture The almost triangular space between one side of the outer curve of an arch, a wall, and the ceiling or framework. 1.1 The 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’.
The otherwise undecorated spandrels above the arched doors were clearly labeled.
Though upon it I don’t dwell, No doubt, I like a spandrel It’s no secret, so I’ll tell; I really think they’re swell.
Pronunciation /ˈɡruːpi/ noun 1 informal A young woman who regularly follows a pop group or other celebrity, especially in the hope of having a sexual relationship with them. 1.1 derogatory with modifier An enthusiastic or uncritical follower.
Though less common, groupies are sometimes fans of violinists, not just lead guitar players.
Pronunciation /ˈkaləmni/ noun calumnies mass noun 1 The making of false and defamatory statements about someone in order to damage their reputation; slander. 1.1 count noun A false and slanderous statement. verb calumnies, calumnying, calumnied [with object]formal Slander (someone).
Origin Late Middle English from Latin calumnia.
His day-to-day utterances were full of calumny. None other could be a fine as he, himself.