- 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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- (tr, adverb) to support on corbels
- Also called: truss a bracket, usually of stone or brick
- (tr) to lay (a stone or brick) so that it forms a corbel
Word Origin for corbel
C15: from Old French, literally: a little raven, from Medieval Latin corvellus, from Latin corvus raven
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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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