• WordNet 3.6
    • n gambrel a gable roof with two slopes on each side and the lower slope being steeper
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gambrel A stick crooked like a horse's hind leg; -- used by butchers in suspending slaughtered animals.
    • Gambrel The hind leg of a horse.
    • v. t Gambrel To truss or hang up by means of a gambrel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gambrel The hock of a horse or other animal.
    • n gambrel A stick crooked like a horse's hind leg, used by butchers for suspending a carcass while dressing it.
    • n gambrel A gambrel-roof.
    • gambrel To hang up by means of a gambrel thrust through the legs.
    • gambrel To form with a curb or crook: as, a gambreled roof.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gambrel gam′brel the hock of a horse: a crooked stick used by butchers for suspending a carcass while dressing it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. gambe, jambe, leg, F. jambe,. Cf. Cambrel Chambrel, and see Gambol. (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gamberel; cf. Fr. gambier, a hooked stick; prob. Celt. cam, crooked.


In literature:

It was quite an old frame-building, two stories high, with a gambrel roof and tall chimneys.
"Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home" by Bayard Taylor
It is a square wooden edifice, with gambrel roof and deep-set window-frames.
"The Story of a Bad Boy" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
That's it, that old-fashioned, gambrel-roofed house on the rise by the wharf.
"Keziah Coffin" by Joseph C. Lincoln
And often those with the gambrel prolonged the strain, being provokingly slow, in hopes to make the holder drop his burden.
"Lincoln's Yarns and Stories" by Alexander K. McClure
Close to our ancient gambrel-roofed house is the dwelling of pleasant old Neighbor Walrus.
"The Professor at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
Gambrel roof 187 285.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The next roof-form, built from early colonial days, and popular a century ago, was what was known as the gambrel roof.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
It's like making a gambrel roof.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Our old settlers made steep gambrel roofs to shed the rain.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
It has a gambrel roof, and is on the left when the train is going westward.
"Whittier-land" by Samuel T. Pickard

In poetry:

There runs the path my feet would tread
When first they learned to stray;
There stands the gambrel roof that spread
Its quaint old angles o'er my head
When first I saw the day.
"Our Home—Our Country" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
IN the little southern parlor of tbe house you may have seen
With the gambrel-roof, and the gable looking westward to the green,
At the side toward the sunset, with the window on its right,
Stood the London-made piano I am dreaming of to-night!
"The Opening of the Piano" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But--I missed him--w'y of course I did!--The Fall and Winter through
I never built the kitchen-fire, er split a stick in two,
Er fed the stock, er butchered, er swung up a gambrel-pin,
But what I thought o' John, and wished that he was home agin.
"How John Quit The Farm" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Jon Gambrell / AP Photo.
Donnie O Gambrell, III gathered near the church as a dozen Anderson County fire stations helped put out the fire which destroyed the New Hope Baptist Church building , but not their spirit.
Judy Gambrel takes you on a quick tour of the General Store filled with antiques in her Rockford factory home.
Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press.
Cast members Esme Williams, Gabby Fell, Amberstarr Gambrell and Christopher McIlrath.
"It was my one-year pied-à-terre ," says Gambrel, who recently moved out and began renting the apartment to a couple.
( Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press ).
The Belk department store chain, which opened in 1888, is a mainstay in the Carolinas and an important part of Sarah Belk Gambrell's life.
Now in her 90s, Belk Gambrell is the only daughter of the store's founder.
Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin, translated from the Russian by Jamey Gambrell Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 191 pp.
Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin, translated from the Russian by Jamey Gambrell New York Review Books, 694 pp.
Eunice McPherson Gambrel Hensley passed away peacefully at Pineville Community Hospital on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012, at the age of 88.
Lowe's A plain, basic storage shed from Lowe'€™s with a gambrel roof -- something like this one --€ was the starting point for architecture students tasked with creating innovative cabins.
Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Share.
Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP.