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cantilever

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noun can·ti·le·ver \ˈkan-tə-ˌlē-vər, -ˌle-\

Simple Definition of cantilever

  • : a long piece of wood, metal, etc., that sticks out from a wall or other structure to support something above it (such as a balcony or bridge)

Full Definition of cantilever

  1. :  a projecting beam or member supported at only one end: as a :  a bracket-shaped member supporting a balcony or a cornice b :  either of the two beams or trusses that project from piers toward each other and that when joined directly or by a suspended connecting member form a span of a cantilever bridge

Examples of cantilever

  1. The porch is supported by steel cantilevers.



Origin of cantilever

perhaps from 3cant + -i- + lever


First Known Use: 1667

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cantilever

verb can·ti·le·ver

Simple Definition of cantilever

  • : to support (something) with a cantilever

  • of a structure : to extend out over an area

Full Definition of cantilever

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to support by a cantilever <a cantilevered shelf>

  3. 2 :  to build as a cantilever

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to project as a cantilever

Examples of cantilever

  1. The balcony cantilevers over the terrace below.



1902

First Known Use of cantilever

1902

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CANTILEVER Defined for Kids

cantilever

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noun can·ti·le·ver \ˈkan-tə-ˌlē-vər, -ˌle-\

Definition of cantilever

  1. 1 :  a beam or similar support fastened (as by being built into a wall) only at one end <The balcony is supported by wooden cantilevers.>

  2. 2 :  either of two structures that stick out from piers toward each other and when joined form a span in a bridge (cantilever bridge)





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