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dentil

[ den-tl, -til ]

noun

, Architecture.
  1. any of a series of closely spaced, small, rectangular blocks, used especially in classical architecture beneath the coronas of Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite cornices.


dentil

/ ˈdɛntɪl /

noun

  1. 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


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Other Words From

  • dentiled adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of dentil1

1655–65; < French dentille (obsolete), feminine diminutive of dent tooth
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Word History and Origins

Origin of dentil1

C17: from French, from obsolete dentille a little tooth, from dent tooth
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Example Sentences

Dentil band, in Classic architecture, a series of small blocks resembling square-shaped teeth.

The only carved molding is the Grecian fret of the dentil course in the pedimental cornice.

Fragments of the lintel over the outer door, with its projecting dentil cornice, are preserved in one of the shops (Fig. 138).

In the Diaconissa the notched dentil form is used for the beads; in the Chora, a 'bead and reel.'

External cornices are in coursed brick, the alternate courses being laid diagonally so as to form the characteristic dentil.

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