- 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 of corbelOFr, diminutive of corb from Classical Latin corvus, raven: so called from its beaked shape
transitive verb-·beled or -·belled, -·bel·ing or -·bel·ling
transitive verbcor·beled, cor·bel·ing, cor·bels, also cor·belled cor·bel·ling
Origin of corbelMiddle English from Old French diminutive of corp raven (from the similarity of its shape to that of a raven's beak) from Latin corvus
(third-person singular simple present corbels, present participle corbelling, simple past and past participle corbelled)
- To furnish with a corbel or corbels; to support by a corbel; to make in the form of a corbel.