Corbel meaning

kôr'bəl, -bĕl'
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.
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To provide with or support by a corbel or corbels.
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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.
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A short timber placed lengthwise under a beam or girder.
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To provide or support with a corbel or corbels.
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(architecture) A structural member jutting out of a wall to carry a superincumbent weight.
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To furnish with a corbel or corbels; to support by a corbel; to make in the form of a corbel.
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Origin of corbel

  • Middle English from Old French diminutive of corp raven (from the similarity of its shape to that of a raven's beak) from Latin corvus
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French corbel, from Late Latin corvellum, diminutive of Latin corvus (“raven”).
    From Wiktionary