- any bracket, especially one of brick or stone, usually of slight extent.
- a short horizontal timber supporting a girder.
- to set (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to form a corbel or corbels (usually followed by out).
- to support by means of a corbel or corbels.
Origin of corbel
1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin corvellus, equivalent to Latin corv(us) raven1 + -ellus diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for corbel
There is a corbel table like it but more elaborate at Vezelay in Burgundy.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
I'll be back at the office as soon as I get this corbel laid.Calumet 'K'
We cross rivulets formerly spanned by bridges, of which bricks and a corbel vault are still visible.
Here we again find the boveda, the corbel roof, the pointed arch observed in previous buildings.
The reader will notice that in this monument the corbel vault is more convex, and recalls that of a ruinous palace at Palenque.
- Also called: truss a bracket, usually of stone or brick
- (tr) to lay (a stone or brick) so that it forms a corbel
C15: from Old French, literally: a little raven, from Medieval Latin corvellus, from Latin corvus raven
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Word Origin and History for corbel
mid-14c., from Old French corbel, diminutive of corb "raven," from Latin corvus (see raven); so called from its beaked shape.
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