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cor·nice

 (kôr′nĭs)
n.
1.
a. A horizontal molded projection that crowns or completes a building or wall.
b. The uppermost part of an entablature.
2.
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).]

cornice

(ˈkɔːnɪs)
n
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
vb
(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]

cor•nice

(ˈkɔr nɪs)

n., v. -niced, -nic•ing. n.
1.
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]

cornice


Past participle: corniced
Gerund: cornicing

Imperative
cornice
cornice
Present
I cornice
you cornice
he/she/it cornices
we cornice
you cornice
they cornice
Preterite
I corniced
you corniced
he/she/it corniced
we corniced
you corniced
they corniced
Present Continuous
I am cornicing
you are cornicing
he/she/it is cornicing
we are cornicing
you are cornicing
they are cornicing
Present Perfect
I have corniced
you have corniced
he/she/it has corniced
we have corniced
you have corniced
they have corniced
Past Continuous
I was cornicing
you were cornicing
he/she/it was cornicing
we were cornicing
you were cornicing
they were cornicing
Past Perfect
I had corniced
you had corniced
he/she/it had corniced
we had corniced
you had corniced
they had corniced
Future
I will cornice
you will cornice
he/she/it will cornice
we will cornice
you will cornice
they will cornice
Future Perfect
I will have corniced
you will have corniced
he/she/it will have corniced
we will have corniced
you will have corniced
they will have corniced
Future Continuous
I will be cornicing
you will be cornicing
he/she/it will be cornicing
we will be cornicing
you will be cornicing
they will be cornicing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cornicing
you have been cornicing
he/she/it has been cornicing
we have been cornicing
you have been cornicing
they have been cornicing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cornicing
you will have been cornicing
he/she/it will have been cornicing
we will have been cornicing
you will have been cornicing
they will have been cornicing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cornicing
you had been cornicing
he/she/it had been cornicing
we had been cornicing
you had been cornicing
they had been cornicing
Conditional
I would cornice
you would cornice
he/she/it would cornice
we would cornice
you would cornice
they would cornice
Past Conditional
I would have corniced
you would have corniced
he/she/it would have corniced
we would have corniced
you would have corniced
they would have corniced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cornice - a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casingcornice - 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
moulding, molding - a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
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
Verb1.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"
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"
Translations

cornice

[ˈkɔːnɪs] N (Archit) → cornisa f

cornice

[ˈkɔːrnɪs] ncorniche f

cornice

n (Archit: of wall, column) → (Ge)sims nt; (fig, of snow) → Wechte f

cornice

[ˈkɔːnɪs] n (Archit) → cornicione m; (interior) → cornice f
References in classic literature ?
Upon the cornice of the tower a tall staff was fixed.
A sentimental reformer in architecture, he began at the cornice, not at the foundation.
Yes, I perceived that a corner of the curtain in your window had been looped up and fastened to the cornice as I had suggested should be done; and it seemed to me that your dear face was glimmering at the window, and that you were looking at me from out of the darkness of your room, and that you were thinking of me.
No accident of a disastrous kind occurred, excepting the loss of a horse, which, in passing along the giddy edge of a precipice, called the Cornice, a dangerous pass between Jackson's and Pierre's Hole, fell over the brink, and was dashed to pieces.
This, Monsieur," he said, "is a spike which perfectly fits a hole still to be seen in the cornice supporting the terrace.
Another slave, hearing this, said: "There is an old one on the cornice there which he can have.
The tails of two snakes were hanging between the cloth and the cornice of the wall.
The dark panelling, the massive, tarnished gold of the cornice, the mahogany tables, gave the room an air of sumptuous comfort, and the leather-covered seats along the wall were soft and easy.
Dennis, with a wink and a nod, unwound the cord from about his person, and raising his eyes to the ceiling, looked all over it, and round the walls and cornice, with a curious eye; then shook his head.
Then he removed a spark of cigar-ash from the sleeve of his coat; he fixed his eyes for a while on the cornice of the room, and at last he inserted one of his white hands into the breast of his waistcoat.
Civita Vecchia, Leghorn, Porto Fino, Genoa, Cornice, Off Nice
Here, led by his own words to contemplate the future, he looked desolately round the cornice of the hall, as if it were a shelf on which somebody might have left a suitable lodging for him.