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cantilever

or can路ta路le路ver

[ kan-tl-ee-ver, -ev-er ]
/ 藞k忙n tl藢i v蓹r, -藢蓻v 蓹r /
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noun
any rigid structural member projecting from a vertical support, especially one in which the projection is great in relation to the depth, so that the upper part is in tension and the lower part in compression.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. any rigid construction extending horizontally well beyond its vertical support, used as a structural element of a bridge (cantilever bridge ), building foundation, etc.
Aeronautics. a form of wing construction in which no external bracing is used.
Architecture. a bracket for supporting a balcony, cornice, etc.
verb (used without object)
to project in the manner of a cantilever.
verb (used with object)
to construct in the manner of a cantilever.
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Also can路ta路li路ver [kan-tl-ee-ver] /藞k忙n tl藢i v蓹r/ .

Origin of cantilever

1660鈥70; perhaps cant2 + -i- + lever
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British Dictionary definitions for cantilever

cantilever
/ (藞k忙nt瑟藢li藧v蓹) /

noun
  1. a beam, girder, or structural framework that is fixed at one end and is free at the other
  2. (as modifier)a cantilever wing
a wing or tailplane of an aircraft that has no external bracing or support
a part of a beam or a structure projecting outwards beyond its support
verb
(tr) to construct (a building member, beam, etc) so that it is fixed at one end only
(intr) to project like a cantilever

Word Origin for cantilever

C17: perhaps from cant 虏 + lever
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for cantilever

cantilever
[ k膬ntl-膿鈥瞯蓹r, -臅v鈥采檙 ]

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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