- any bracket, especially one of brick or stone, usually of slight extent.
- a short horizontal timber supporting a girder.
verb (used with object), cor·beled, cor·bel·ing or (especially British) cor·belled, cor·bel·ling.
- to set (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to form a corbel or corbels (usually followed by out).
- to support by means of a corbel or corbels.
- Also called: truss a bracket, usually of stone or brick
verb -bels, -belling or -belled or US -bels, -beling or -beled
- (tr) to lay (a stone or brick) so that it forms a corbel
mid-14c., from Old French corbel, diminutive of corb “raven,” from Latin corvus (see ); so called from its beaked shape.