• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dentil (Arch) A small square block or projection in cornices, a number of which are ranged in an ornamental band; -- used particularly in the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dentil In architecture one of a series of little cubes into which the square member in the bed molding of an Ionic, a Corinthian, a Composite, or occassionally a Roman Doric cornice is cut.
    • n dentil In heraldry, one of the teeth or indents in anything indented or dancetté: used alike of the projecting teeth and of the notches between them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dentil den′til a denticle:
    • n Dentil den′til (pl.) small square blocks or projections in the bed-mouldings of the cornices of columns—also Den′tel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. dentillus, for L. denticulus,. Cf. Dentelli Denticle Dentile
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Denticle.


In literature:

The cornice, too, is a bastard Ionic, without modillions or dentils.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
In the Diaconissa the notched dentil form is used for the beads; in the Chora, a 'bead and reel.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
The only carved molding is the Grecian fret of the dentil course in the pedimental cornice.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
These and the columns support a beautifully modelled entablature, enriched only with a dentil course.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
It has slightly pointed arches, with Venetian dentil borderings, and mosaics in the spandrils.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Dentils and fret trim cornices and mantels.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
Dentil, Venetian, defined, i.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Cornices on the front and rear of the center section of the house are composed of dentils, running approximately three segments per foot.
"Green Spring Farm" by Ross Netherton
The same dentil ornamentation that appears on the cornice of the house is used here in smaller size, as on the entrance porch.
"Remodeled Farmhouses" by Mary H. Northend
In many of the apartments there were fine cornices, modillions, and dentils.
"Journal and Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian: A Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion, 1773-1774." by Philip Vickers Fithian
The Tomb of Scipio Barbatus shows the Ionic volute and dentil mixed with the Doric triglyph and gutta.
"Old Rome" by Robert Burn

In news:

Mounting the blank of dentil on-edge to a base allows gravity to take care of the excess finish and hold it while the piece dries.