Cantilever Definition

kăntl-ēvər, -ĕvər
cantilevered, cantilevers
noun
A projecting beam or structure supported at only one end, that is anchored as to a pier or wall.
Webster's New World
A large bracket or block projecting from a wall to support a balcony, cornice, etc.
Webster's New World
A member, such as a beam, that projects beyond a fulcrum and is supported by a balancing member or a downward force behind the fulcrum.
American Heritage
verb
To support by means of cantilevers.
Webster's New World
To extend outward as or in the manner of a cantilever.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Cantilever

Noun

Singular:
cantilever
Plural:
cantilevers

Origin of Cantilever

  • Registered first in the 17th Century: 1660s, probably from cant (2) + lever, but earliest form (c.1610) was cantlapper. First element also may be Sp. can - "dog", an architect's term for an end of timber jutting out of a wall, on which beams rested.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps cant lever

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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