cornice

(redirected from cornices)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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 ?
Roses covered the walls of the house, draped the cornices, climbed the pillars, and ran riot over the balustrade of the wide terrace, whence one looked down on the sunny Mediterranean, and the white-walled city on its shore.
Its splendid halls and suites of spacious apartments are floored with a mosaic-work of costly marbles; its windows, the whole height of each room, admit the sunshine through the most transparent of plate-glass; its high cornices are gilded, and its ceilings gorgeously painted; and a lofty dome--through which, from the central pavement, you may gaze up to the sky, as with no obstructing medium between--surmounts the whole.
There are rudimentary bow-windows, cornices, chimneys, demarcations of stories, etc.
It was a broad panelled staircase, with massive balustrades of some dark wood; cornices above the doors, ornamented with carved fruit and flowers; and broad seats in the windows.
A second group of artists disposed themselves on these long appendages, then a third above these, then a fourth, until a human monument reaching to the very cornices of the theatre soon arose on top of the noses.
They went into the chateau; there was nothing but gilding, high and low; the cornices were gilt, the mouldings were gilt, the legs and arms of the chairs were gilt.
The floors, walls, and ceiling were of burnished silver; the doors, the window frames, the cornices, the balustrades and the steps of the staircase, of pure gold; and silver, with gold bottoms, were the chairs, and gold, standing on silver legs, the high chests of drawers, and silver the bedsteads, with blankets of woven gold, and sheets of silver tissue.
D'Artagnan advanced as far as the middle of the room, and seeing that the king paid no attention to him, and suspecting, besides, that this was nothing but affectation, a sort of tormenting preamble to the explanation that was preparing, he turned his back on the prince, and began to examine the frescoes on the cornices, and the cracks in the ceiling.
The gables are turned to the front, and there are cornices, as big as all the rest of the house, over the eaves and over the main doors.
All the houses nearly are one-and two-story, made of thick walls of stone, plastered outside, square as a dry-goods box, flat as a floor on top, no cornices, whitewashed all over--a crowded city of snowy tombs
The crowd grew more dense every moment, and, like water, which rises above its normal level, began to mount along the walls, to swell around the pillars, to spread out on the entablatures, on the cornices, on the window-sills, on all the salient points of the architecture, on all the reliefs of the sculpture.
Fouquet, but the musketeer was very weary even of feigning to fall asleep, and as soon as earliest dawn illumined with its gloomy gleams of light the sumptuous cornices of the superintendent's room, D'Artagnan rose from his armchair, arranged his sword, brushed his coat and hat with his sleeve, like a private soldier getting ready for inspection.