Definitions for "Corbel"
Keywords:  bracket, cornice, masonry, ledge, brick
A bracket supporting a superincumbent object, or receiving the spring of an arch. Corbels were employed largely in Gothic architecture.
To furnish with a corbel or corbels; to support by a corbel; to make in the form of a corbel.
This appears to be the original method of making arches: a series of stones or bricks that protrude beyond the lower level. Corbels are also used to support cornices, turrets, brackets, and oriel windows. A corbel can also mean a stone or piece of wood that supports a superincumbent weight.
A carved block at the top of a vertical pole or wood stanchion. It helps spread the weight on the pole and also adds a very pleasant decorative touch.