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ˈgæm brəlgam·brel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gambrel, gambrel roofnoun

    a gable roof with two slopes on each side and the lower slope being steeper

Wiktionary

  1. gambrelnoun

    A bar, usually metal, with a central loop and a hook at each end, used to hang a carcass for butchering.

  2. gambrelnoun

    a roof that has two pitches on each side, where the upper roof area has less slope than the lower roof areas.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gambrelnoun

    The leg of a horse.

    Etymology: from gamba, gambarella, Italian.

    What can be more admirable than for the principles of the fibres of a tendon to be so mixed as to make it a soft body, and yet to have the strength of iron? as appears by the weight which the tendon, lying on a horse’s gambrel, doth then command, when he rears up with a man upon his back. Nehemiah Grew.

Wikipedia

  1. Gambrel

    A gambrel or gambrel roof is 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 (kerb, kirb) roof. Europeans historically did not distinguish between a gambrel roof and a mansard roof but called both types a mansard. In the United States, 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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  1. gambrel

    A gambrel is a type of roof design, commonly seen in barns in North America, that has two slopes on each side with the lower slope at a steeper angle than the upper one. This design maximizes usable headroom within the building's upper levels while reducing the overall height of the roof. These roofs are often used to provide extra space or 'attic' storage. The name originates from the Medieval Latin word 'gamba', meaning horse's hock or leg.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gambrelnoun

    the hind leg of a horse

  2. Gambrelnoun

    a stick crooked like a horse's hind leg; -- used by butchers in suspending slaughtered animals

  3. Gambrelverb

    to truss or hang up by means of a gambrel

  4. Etymology: [OF. gambe, jambe leg, F. jambe. Cf. Cambrel, Chambrel, and see Gambol. n.]

Wikidata

  1. Gambrel

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gambrel

    gam′brel, n. the hock of a horse: a crooked stick used by butchers for suspending a carcass while dressing it.—Gambrel roof, a curved or hipped roof. [O. Fr. gamberel; cf. Fr. gambier, a hooked stick; prob. Celt. cam, crooked.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GAMBREL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gambrel is ranked #15541 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gambrel surname appeared 1,883 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Gambrel.

    91.9% or 1,732 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 77 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 39 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 22 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gambrel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gambrel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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