• WordNet 3.6
    • v cornice furnish with a cornice
    • n cornice the topmost projecting part of an entablature
    • n cornice a molding at the corner between the ceiling and the top of a wall
    • n cornice a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Portion of carved cornice of pinewood Portion of carved cornice of pinewood

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cornice (Arch) Any horizontal, molded or otherwise decorated projection which crowns or finishes the part to which it is affixed; as, the cornice of an order, pedestal, door, window, or house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cornice In architecture, any molded projection which crowns or finishes the part to which it is affixed; specifically, the third or uppermost division of an entablature, resting on the frieze. (See column.) When the crowning course of a wall is plain, it is usually called a coping.
    • n cornice An ornamental molding, usually of plaster, running round the walls of a room just below the ceiling.
    • n cornice In upholstery, an ornamental band or molding which covers and conceals the rod or hooks from which curtains, etc., are hung.
    • n cornice A molding or strip of wood, plain or gilded, fastened to the walls of a room, at the proper height from the floor, to serve as a support for picture-hooks; a picture-cornice.
    • cornice To furnish or finish with a cornice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cornice kor′nis (classical archit.) the uppermost member of the entablature, surmounting the frieze: plaster mouldings round the ceiling of rooms at its junction with the walls
    • v.t Cornice to furnish with a cornice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. corniche, It. cornice, LL. coronix, cornix, fr. L. coronis, a curved line, a flourish with the pen at the end of a book or chapter, Gr. ; akin to L. corona, crown. sEE Crown, and cf. Coronis


In literature:

To pull them over the cornice was out of the question.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Balconies and cornices of what might have been gleaming, beaten copper.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Between these windows, and along the cornices, were beautiful decorations.
"King Arthur and His Knights" by Maude L. Radford
Torches began to flare smokily in the courtyard and ladders were hooked to roof cornices.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
Upon the Cornice road, with Italy behind him and home before (such home as he knows), he thinks once more of those he has left.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866" by Various
The cornice and the mosaic inscription of the frieze are 1943 feet long.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
Diana knew where the key was kept, and felt for it behind a cornice.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
Along the cornices ran gold rods, from which depended six pictures, all of the sombre and imaginative caste, which chimed best with my fancy.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
A cornice from the wall had crashed into the house front and bits of it lay strewn through a gaping hole in the living room wall.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
Branch from moss-grown fir-tree "a cornice wreathed with purple-starred tapestry".
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
Returning to Plate LXII, the symbols of the roof and cornice refer to these two divinities.
"Studies in Central American Picture-Writing" by Edward S. Holden
If you were determined to put them up there, round the cornice, it would be better for you not to buy them at all.
"Lectures on Architecture and Painting" by John Ruskin
The canopy was square, with a raised and variegated gold cornice round.
"Coronation Anecdotes" by Giles Gossip
Even the cornices were of gold, and outside the temple a broad belt of the precious metal was let into the stonework.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
They must form a complete cut-off of all combustible material, especially at the cornices.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 647, May 26, 1888" by Various
They made the room feel cold, in spite of the heavy red damask curtains and great gilt cornices.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
But if the walling is plain the cornice is most elaborate.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
Shepard gasped, his hands went up, and he toppled over the cornice to the back yard below.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
The cornice broke away!
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith

In poetry:

I never shall love the snow again
Since Maurice died:
With corniced drift it blocked the lane,
And sheeted in a desolate plain
The country side.
"I Shall Never Love the Snow Again" by Robert Seymour Bridges
Outside his door, one afternoon,
This humble votary of the muse
Sat in the narrow strip of shade
By a projecting cornice made,
Mending the Burgomaster's shoes,
And singing a familiar tune:--
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Student's Tale; The Cobbler of Hagenau" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The homestead! how dear is its old, friendly look,
Its dun rolling hills, and its slow running brook;
Its time-worn, old gables, and cornice so plain,
Its roof that grew mossy from shadow and rain.
"Old Homestead" by James Avis Bartley
Giunto presso a una lampada--l'uffiziale alzo` gli occhi
E si fermo`.
Due stelle--gli brillavan davanti;
Due stelle nere, lucide,--che parevan diamanti.
Erano due pupille,--cui fea cornice un volto
Di giovinetta, pallido,--nella penombra avvolto.
"Fuoco" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

Both companies had new products in the prototype stage designed around Cornice 's hard drives, and Cornice expected the two clients to account for as much as 40% of its revenue.
Indeed, digital music was just a tiny part of Cornice 's business plan.
Cassandra A Vernon, an agency spokeswoman, said it encourages repair or replacement of cornices when buildings are rehabilitated, and urges developers of new buildings to include cornices in their designs.
THE stripping of cornices from older buildings was done routinely during facade renovations carried out from about 1950 to 1980.
An account at the time said the cornices were made of copper (galvanized iron was a frequent, cheaper substitute) fabricated by Max Kestenbaum.
One of the most enjoyable phases of this three-story addition was matching the cornice returns on the 130-year-old Denver home.
WHEN an old or historic house is being restored, an interior architectural detail often in need of repair or replacement is plaster, in the form of ceiling medallions, cornices, capitals, pilasters, moldings and brackets.
The roof omitted the usual projecting cornice (by then criticized for casting shadows) for a parapet festooned with lacy decoration with classical heads.
A snowboarder catches air off a cornice at Vail.
At that point, I sat down at my computer to articulate my thinking so I could consciously make use of these ideas in organizing future cornice moldings.
A mountain goat sits lazily on a snowy cornice, the last cool spot left on a hot, dry mountain ridge in summer atop the Bridger Mountains, Montana.