- 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 corbelled
Above the chapels are square-headed windows, and then a corbelled cornice.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
Three courses of brick are corbelled to make the capping of the chimneys.Green Spring Farm
Away up on one angle of this tower is an imitation sentry-box, battlemented and supported by corbelled brackets.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume II (of 2)
Benjamin Ellis Martin
In the ambulatory there is what looks like a blind stone bay, corbelled out and resting on the capitals of the columns.Cathedral Cities of France
This gallery is sometimes supported upon a deep system of bracketing, corbelled out from the feet of the main pillars.
- 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 corbelled
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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