Definition for CORB'EL

CORB'EL, n.2

  1. A short piece of timber in a wall, jutting six or eight inches, as occasion requires, in the manner of a shoulder-piece; sometimes placed for strength under the semigirder of a platform. The under part is sometimes cut into the form of a boultin; sometimes of an ogee, or of a face, &c. – Encyc. Johnson.
  2. A niche or hollow left in walls for images, figures or statues. – Chambers.

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