corbel vault


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corbel vault

A continuous corbel arch over a space, used by the ancient Mayas of Yucatan; also known as a Mayan arch.
See also: Vault

corbel vault, corbeled vault

A masonry roof constructed from opposite walls, or from a circular base, by shifting courses slightly and regularly inward until they meet. The resulting stepped surface can be smoothed or curved, but no arch action is incurred.