- 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
-·beled or -·belled, -·bel·ing or -·bel·ling
to provide or support with a corbel or corbels
A piece 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 verbcor·beled, cor·bel·ing, cor·bels also cor·belled or cor·bel·ling
To provide with or support by a corbel or corbels.
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.