- any of a series of closely spaced, small, rectangular blocks, used especially in classical architecture beneath the coronas of Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite cornices.
Origin of dentil
1655–65; < French dentille (obsolete), feminine diminutive of dent tooth
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The first and third courses are stretchers and the middle course is composed of headers laid to form a dentil course.Huntley
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In the later temples of Ionia, as in the temple of Priene, the larger scale of the dentil is still retained.
As a general rule the projection of the dentil is equal to its width, and the intervals between to half the width.
The dentil was the chief decorative feature employed in the bed-mould by the Romans and the Italian Revivalists.
The Venetian dentil was also introduced as a label round arches and as a string course.
- one of a set of small square or rectangular blocks evenly spaced to form an ornamental row, usually under a classical cornice on a building, piece of furniture, etc
C17: from French, from obsolete dentille a little tooth, from dent tooth
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