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 (kôr′bəl, -bĕl′)
A piece of stone, wood, brick, or other building material, projecting from the face of a wall and generally used to support a cornice or arch.
tr.v. cor·beled, cor·bel·ing, cor·bels also cor·belled or cor·bel·ling
To provide with or support by a corbel or corbels.

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of corp, raven (from the similarity of its shape to that of a raven's beak), from Latin corvus.]
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(ˈkɔːbəlɪŋ) or


(Architecture) a set of corbels stepped outwards, one above another
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Among them are the crow-stepped gables and strings, corbelling, canted ground floor windows and striking three-storey round tower with circular turret.
Selling points include the frontage of local stone, timber corbelling, an oak panelled front door and sandstone window surrounds.