American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To provide with or support by a corbel or corbels.
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. Corbels are of great variety in form, and are ornamented in many ways. They are much used in medieval architecture, forming supports for the beams of floors and of roofs, the machicolations of fortresses, the labels of doors and windows, etc.
- 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. The corbel is fringed with stiff hairs, and takes various forms, which are important characters in classification. It is said to be open when it is broken on the inner side by the articular cavity of the tarsus; closed, when the cavity does not attain it and the oval margin is complete; cavernose, when the external margin is produced and curved over the corbel, like a roof.
- 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.
- n. architecture A structural member jutting out of a wall to carry a superincumbent weight.
- v. transitive To furnish with a corbel or corbels; to support by a corbel; to make in the form of corbel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A bracket supporting a superincumbent object, or receiving the spring of an arch. Corbels were employed largely in Gothic architecture.
- v. To furnish with a corbel or corbels; to support by a corbel; to make in the form of corbel.
- 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)
“A corbel is a stone bracket that projects from a wall or corner, either to support a beam or for decoration.”
“The building dates back to the 16th century, but the object - known as a corbel - is believed to be from the late-13th to mid-14th century.”
“On these rested painted wooden sun-filtering shutters attached to a concrete corbel, which is in turn connected to the ring-beam.”
“A band of treble billet moulding runs under the lower windows; a double hatched moulding under the second tier; and immediately below the parapet is the ornament called the corbel table; these with the billet moulding round the clerestory windows, are in excellent preservation.”
“Will any of your correspondents be so kind as to inform me if the device on the corbel was the badge of the knights of the order of St. John of”
“The roof-shaft west of this bay, for some unknown reason, ends considerably short of the roof in a kind of corbel with rude foliage upon it.”
“I also was astonished by how different the aesthetic system wasthe vertiginous staircases, the corbel arches, the huge reliefs, etc.”
“There is also a corbel-arched tunnel that goes straight through to what may have been a secret exit.”
“I forgot to mention this on a corbel in the foyer.”
“Philosophy should not be a corbel erected on mystery to gaze upon it at its ease, without any other result than that of being convenient to curiosity.”
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