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a. A horizontal molded projection that crowns or completes a building or wall.
b. The uppermost part of an entablature.
a. A strip of molding that runs along the upper part of a wall just below the ceiling.
b. An ornamental horizontal molding or frame used to conceal rods, picture hooks, or other devices.
3. An overhanging mass of windblown snow on a ridge or the crest of a mountain.
tr.v. cor·niced, cor·nic·ing, cor·nic·es
To supply, decorate, or finish with or as if with a cornice.
[Obsolete French, from Italian, possibly from Latin cornīx, cornīc-, crow, from its resemblance to a crow's beak (influenced by Greek korōnis, curved line, flourish).]
1. (Architecture) architect
a. the top projecting mouldings of an entablature
b. a continuous horizontal projecting course or moulding at the top of a wall, building, etc
2. (Physical Geography) an overhanging ledge of snow formed by the wind on the edge of a mountain ridge, cliff, or corrie
(Architecture) (tr) architect to furnish or decorate with or as if with a cornice
[C16: from Old French, from Italian, perhaps from Latin cornix crow, but influenced also by Latin corōnis decorative flourish used by scribes, from Greek korōnis, from korōnē curved object, crown]
n., v. -niced, -nic•ing. n.
a. any prominent projecting molded feature surmounting a wall, doorway, or other construction.
b. the uppermost member of a classical entablature, above the frieze.
2. any of various other ornamental horizontal moldings or bands, as for concealing curtain hooks or rods.v.t.
3. to furnish or finish with a cornice.
[1555–65; < Italian: literally, crow (< Latin cornix); for the meaning, compare Greek korṓnē crow, crown]
Past participle: corniced
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|Noun||1.||cornice - a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing|
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
|2.||cornice - a molding at the corner between the ceiling and the top of a wall|
|3.||cornice - the topmost projecting part of an entablature|
entablature - (architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof
projection - any structure that branches out from a central support
|Verb||1.||cornice - furnish with a cornice|
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"