Definitions for gambrelˈgæm brəl
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gambrel, gambrel roof(noun)
a gable roof with two slopes on each side and the lower slope being steeper
A bar, usually metal, with a central loop and a hook at each end, used to hang a carcass for butchering.
a roof that has two pitches on each side, where the upper roof area has less slope than the lower roof areas.
the hind leg of a horse
a stick crooked like a horse's hind leg; -- used by butchers in suspending slaughtered animals
to truss or hang up by means of a gambrel
Origin: [OF. gambe, jambe leg, F. jambe. Cf. Cambrel, Chambrel, and see Gambol. n.]
Gambrel is a shortened name for a gambrel roof shape, a usually symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side. The upper slope is positioned at a shallow angle, while the lower slope is steep. This design provides the advantages of a sloped roof while maximizing headroom inside the building's upper level and shortening what would otherwise be a tall roof. The name comes from the Medieval Latin word gamba, meaning horse's hock or leg. The term gambrel is of American origin, the older, European name being a curb roof. Europeans historically did not distinguish between a gambrel and a Mansard but called both types a Mansard. In the U.S.A., various shapes of gambrel roofs are sometimes called Dutch gambrel or Dutch Colonial gambrel with bell-cast eaves, Swedish ~, German ~, English ~, French ~, or New England gambrel. The cross-section of a gambrel roof is similar to that of a mansard roof, but a gambrel has vertical gable ends instead of being hipped at the four corners of the building. A gambrel roof overhangs the façade, whereas a mansard normally does not.
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