- 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 verbcor·beled, cor·bel·ing, cor·bels also cor·belled or 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.