Cantilever meaning

kăntl-ēvər, -ĕvər
A projecting structure, such as a beam, that is supported at one end and carries a load at the other end or along its length.
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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.
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A bracket or block supporting a balcony or cornice.
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To construct as or in the manner of a cantilever.
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To extend outward as or in the manner of a cantilever.
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A large bracket or block projecting from a wall to support a balcony, cornice, etc.
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A projecting beam or structure supported at only one end, that is anchored as to a pier or wall.
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To support by means of cantilevers.
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A projecting structure, such as a beam, that is supported at one end and that carries a load at the other end or along its length. Cantilevers are important structures in the design of bridges and cranes.
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(architecture) A beam anchored at one end and projecting into space, such as a long bracket projecting from a wall to support a balcony.
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To project in the manner of a cantilever, or to project (something) by means of a cantilever.
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Origin of cantilever

  • Perhaps cant lever

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

  • 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