- any prominent, continuous, horizontally projecting feature surmounting a wall or other construction, or dividing it horizontally for compositional purposes.
- the uppermost member of a classical entablature, consisting of a bed molding, a corona, and a cymatium, with rows of dentils, modillions, etc., often placed between the bed molding and the corona.
verb (used with object), cor·niced, cor·nic·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for cornice
The angle of my bridge and the curvature of the snout itself create a steep slope to a cornice—perfect for sending poorly fit coverings off the edge.
You quickly change your carefully laid plan to something new—maybe a less obvious route that crosses a big avalanche path or a ridge guarded by a fat cornice.
The faint candle-light glimmered on a ponderous gilded cornice, which had also sustained violence.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
It consists of two stories rising to a cornice topped by a steep, many-dormered roof.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
A richly corbelled cornice crowns the structure, above which a spire was projected by Giotto, but never carried out.
The horizontal lines of the architrave and cornice predominate over the vertical lines of the columns.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
A little later the walls began to be covered with panels of thin slabs of marble with a baseboard and cornice.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for cornice
- the top projecting mouldings of an entablature
- a continuous horizontal projecting course or moulding at the top of a wall, building, etc