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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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Corbel

Corbel Cor"bel (k[^o]r"b[e^]l), n. [F. corbeau, for older corbel, dim. of L. corbis basket. (Corbels were often in the form of a basket.) See {Corbeil}.] (Arch.) A bracket supporting a superincumbent object, or receiving the spring of an arch. Corbels were employed largely in Gothic architecture. [1913 Webster]

Note: A common form of corbel consists of courses of stones or bricks, each projecting slightly beyond the next below it. [1913 Webster]

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