- 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
- the construction of corbels.
- a system of corbels.
Also especially British, cor·bel·ling.
Origin of corbeling
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Examples from the Web for corbelling
The parapet and corbelling were renewed about forty years ago.Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys
Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
The chambers are built of upright slabs and are roofed by corbelling.
Buildings in which this system is used are occasionally roofed with slabs, but more often corbelling is employed.
The chamber is circular, and roofed partly by corbelling and partly by a large slab.
In the passage the roof is of slabs laid right across, but the roof of the chamber is formed by corbelling.
- a set of corbels stepped outwards, one above another
- 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 corbelling
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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