corbel [kôr′bəl, -bel′]
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- a piece of stone, wood, or metal, often in the form of a bracket, projecting from the side of a wall and serving to support a cornice, the spring of an arch, etc.
- a short timber placed lengthwise under a beam or girder
Origin: Old French diminutive of corb ; from Classical Latin corvus, raven: so called from its beaked shape
transitive verb corbeled or corbelled, corbeling or corbelling
to provide or support with a corbel or corbels
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A bracket of stone, wood, brick, or other building material, projecting from the face of a wall and generally used to support a cornice or arch. transitive verb cor·beled
To provide with or support by a corbel or corbels.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of corp, raven (from the similarity of its shape to that of a raven's beak), from Latin corvus.