Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The construction of the arched roof is on the plan which engineers know as the cantilever, and not that of the Roman arch.

    The North Pole Its Discovery in 1909 under the auspices of the Peary Arctic Club

  • They together form what is called a cantilever; if you lay the letter V on its side, the open end will represent roughly the place where the arch and girders start from the tower.

    Chatterbox, 1906

  • And with the change came the bridging - over period -- the kind of cantilever which hope thrusts out from one side of the bank of the swift-flowing stream of adversity in the belief that somebody on the other side of the chasm will build the other half, and the two form a highway leading to a change of scene and renewed prosperity.

    Peter: a novel of which he is not the hero

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    Brooklyn Heights Blog

  • Indeed, during the same period, inconsistencies and difficulties of using standard, "cantilever" approximations were realised and a true elastic solution was obviously needed to settle the controversy.

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  • For the next few years, you can watch the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge being constructed adjacent to the existing "cantilever" section.

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  • I'd have sworn my cantilever was the only one that could span Michamac Strait. "

    Out of the Primitive

  • I got the combo with the field barrel and the rifled slug barrel with a cantilever scope mount and i love it i shoot remington slugs out of it and its sweet. definately worth the money especially considering the cost of buying the slug barrel alone

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  • As it scans, the cantilever bounces up and down, and data from these movements is compiled to generate a picture of that surface.

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  • Atomic-force microscopy works by scanning a surface with a tiny cantilever whose tip comes to a sharp nanoscale point.

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Comments

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  • Cantilevering is, as I learned half a minute ago, an occasional locomotor mode of some lemurs, defined as
    "holding on to the substrate with a pair of limbs only and leaning across a gap to grasp another support" [Warren & Crompton (1997) Am J Phys Anthr].

    June 24, 2008

  • That clears that up.

    January 11, 2008

  • Way to go, WordNet. *rolls eyes*

    January 11, 2008