corbeling

[kawr-buh-ling]
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noun Architecture.

the construction of corbels.
a system of corbels.

Also especially British, cor·bel·ling.

Origin of corbeling

First recorded in 1540–50; corbel + -ing1

corbel

[kawr-buh l]Architecture

noun

any bracket, especially one of brick or stone, usually of slight extent.
a short horizontal timber supporting a girder.

verb (used with object), cor·beled, cor·bel·ing or (especially British) cor·belled, cor·bel·ling.

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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British Dictionary definitions for corbeling

corbel

noun

Also called: truss a bracket, usually of stone or brick

verb -bels, -belling or -belled or US -bels, -beling or -beled

(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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Word Origin and History for corbeling

corbel

n.

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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