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

: 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

:  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.


perhaps from 3cant + -i- + lever
First Known Use: 1667

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, infrastructure, sluice



: to support (something) with a cantilever

of a structure : to extend out over an area

Full Definition of CANTILEVER

transitive verb
:  to support by a cantilever <a cantilevered shelf>
:  to build as a cantilever
intransitive verb
:  to project as a cantilever

Examples of CANTILEVER

  1. The balcony cantilevers over the terrace below.

First Known Use of CANTILEVER


Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice
CANTILEVERED Defined for Kids


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

Definition of CANTILEVER for Kids

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