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
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.