Cornice meaning

kôrnĭs
An overhanging mass of windblown snow on a ridge or the crest of a mountain.
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To supply, decorate, or finish with or as if with a cornice.
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A horizontal molding projecting along the top of a wall, building, etc.
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The top part of an entablature.
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A projecting, decorative strip above a window, designed to keep a curtain rod from showing.
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To top as with a cornice.
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(architecture) A horizontal architectural element of a building, projecting forward from the main walls, originally used as a means of directing rainwater away from the building's walls. See also: eaves, fascia.
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A decorative element applied at the topmost part of the wall of a room, as with a crown moulding.
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A decorative element at the topmost portion of certain pieces of furniture, as with a highboy.
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Origin of 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from Latin cornix, 'crow', influenced by Ancient Greek κορωνίς (koronis, “crown”).

    From Wiktionary