Cross"-spale`\ (-sp?l`), Cross-spall \Cross"-spall`\ (-sp?l`), n. [See Spale & Spall.] (Shipbuilding) One of the temporary wooden braces, placed horizontally across a frame to hold it in position until the deck beams are in; a cross-pawl.
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