Glossary Corbel

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Adapted from Webster's International, 2d ed., 1952:

corbel (kor'bel; -bel), noun Old French (French corbeau), from Latin, corvus. Architecture: a A projection from the face of a wall, supporting a superincumbent weight. A common form of cor­bel is a single stone or timber set in and projecting from a wall, or a pro­jection consisting of courses of stones or bricks, each projecting slightly be­yond the next below it. b A short timber placed lengthwise under a girder to afford a bearing, as on the cap of a trestle.

On Arts and Crafts furniture, a corbel is a bracket attached to a post/leg that supports a component, such as an arm of a Morris Chair, an Apron on a table, etc.

Historically, corbels were employed widely in Gothic architecture. in Gothic architecture, a common form of corbel consists of courses of stones or bricks, each projecting slightly beyond the next below it. Also related is "HANGING-BUTTRESS", i.e., a buttress supported on a corbel.