from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A projecting structure, such as a beam, that is supported at one end and carries a load at the other end or along its length.
- n. A member, such as a beam, that projects beyond a fulcrum and is supported by a balancing member or a downward force behind the fulcrum.
- n. A bracket or block supporting a balcony or cornice.
- transitive v. To construct as or in the manner of a cantilever.
- intransitive v. To extend outward as or in the manner of a cantilever.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A beam anchored at one end and projecting into space, such as a long bracket projecting from a wall to support a balcony.
- v. To project in the manner of a cantilever, or to project (something) by means of a cantilever
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as cantalever.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See cantaliver.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. projecting horizontal beam fixed at one end only
- v. construct with girders and beams such that only one end is fixed
- v. project as a cantilever
Perhaps cant1 + lever.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Registered first in the 17th Century: 1660s, probably from cant (2) + lever, but earliest form (c.1610) was cantlapper. First element also may be Sp. can - "dog", an architect's term for an end of timber jutting out of a wall, on which beams rested. (Wiktionary)