from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bracket of stone, wood, brick, or other building material, projecting from the face of a wall and generally used to support a cornice or arch.
- transitive v. To provide with or support by a corbel or corbels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A structural member jutting out of a wall to carry a superincumbent weight.
- v. To furnish with a corbel or corbels; to support by a corbel; to make in the form of a corbel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bracket supporting a superincumbent object, or receiving the spring of an arch. Corbels were employed largely in Gothic architecture.
- transitive v. To furnish with a corbel or corbels; to support by a corbel; to make in the form of a corbel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a piece of stone, wood, or iron projecting from the vertical face of a wall to support some superincumbent object.
- n. The vase or drum of the Corinthian column: so called from its resemblance to a basket.
- n. In entomology, the truncated oval tip of the tibia, when, as in many Rhynchophera, the insertion of the tarsus is a little above the tip on the inner side.
- To support on corbels.
- In architecture, to expand by extending each member of a series beyond the one below.
- n. A raven or crow; a corbie.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent)
- v. furnish with a corbel
Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of corp, raven (from the similarity of its shape to that of a raven's beak), from Latin corvus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)