• WordNet 3.6
    • n modillion (architecture) one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Modillion (Arch) The enriched block or horizontal bracket generally found under the cornice of the Corinthian and Composite entablature, and sometimes, less ornamented, in the Ionic and other orders; -- so called because of its arrangement at regulated distances.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n modillion In architecture, a block carved into the form of an enriched bracket, used normally under the corona in the cornice of the Corinthian and Composite, and occasionally of the Roman Ionic, orders, and in Renaissance and modern designs based upon these, and also in appropriate forms in the various medieval styles; a corbel; a bracket. Compare mutule. Also spelled modillon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Modillion mod-il′yun (archit.) an ornamental bracket used in the cornices of the Corinthian and composite styles.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. modillon, It. modiglione,. Cf. Module (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. modulusmodus, a measure.


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
Elaborate molded wood cornices were a feature, often with prominent, even hand-tooled modillions.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
A Romanesque modillion carved with a human head, under the cornice.
"Romanesque Art in Southern Manche: Album" by Marie Lebert
For all that, the style of the original building may be said to be Transitional, with Georgian details, like modillions in the cornice.
"Virginia Architecture in the Seventeenth Century" by Henry Chandlee Forman
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