Meaning of “corbel” in the English Dictionary

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"corbel" in British English

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corbelnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɔː.bəl/ us /ˈkɔːr.bəl/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • A few corbels of an earlier church and a piece of interlaced carving are preserved in the S. porch. 
  • Fantastic corbels surround the summit of the lateral walls. 
  • The original corbel course of the parapet remains, but not the upper part of the parapet. 
  • The roof was flat, but had been richly gilt and painted, and was sustained by corbels of angels, divinely carved. 
  • You may call it personal magnetism, or natural cordiality, but there are some Christians who have such an ardent way of shaking hands after meeting that it amounts to a benediction. 

(Definition of “corbel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)