|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.||an overhanging ledge of snow formed by the wind on the edge of a mountain ridge, cliff, or corrie|
|3.||(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, |
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||See crown molding|
in architecture, the decorated projection at the top of a wall provided to protect the wall face or to ornament and finish the eaves. The term is used as well for any projecting element that crowns an architectural feature, such as a doorway. A cornice is also specifically the top member of the entablature (q.v.) of a Classical order (see order); it is in this case divided into three parts, a bed mold, corona, and cymatium.
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