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Definition cantilever

Etymology

First attested in the 1660s, probably from cant (“slope”) + lever, but the earliest form (c. 1610) was cantlapper. First element may also be Spanish can (“dog”), an architect's term for an end of timber jutting out of a wall, on which beams rested.

Noun

cantilever (plural cantilevers)

  1. (architecture) A beam anchored at one end and projecting into space, such as a long bracket projecting from a wall to support a balcony.

Verb

cantilever (third-person singular simple present cantilevers, present participle cantilevering, simple past and past participle cantilevered)

  1. To project (something) in the manner of or by means of a cantilever.

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