Meaning of CANTILEVER in English


I. ˈkan-tə-ˌlē-vər, -ˌle- noun

Etymology: perhaps from cant (III) + -i- + lever

Date: 1667

: 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

II. verb

Date: 1902

transitive verb

1. : to support by a cantilever

a cantilever ed shelf

2. : to build as a cantilever

intransitive verb

: to project as a cantilever

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