stringcourse

[string-kawrs, -kohrs]
noun Architecture.
a horizontal band or course, as of stone, projecting beyond or flush with the face of a building, often molded and sometimes richly carved.
Also called belt course.


Origin:
1815–25; string + course

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The foundation is separated from the exterior brick walls by a concrete
  stringcourse.
The hood is topped by a wide brick stringcourse which extends across the entire
  west elevation.
Multi-planed roofs, box bay windows and a stringcourse of decorative console
  brackets are some of its other features.
Aligned with the transom bottom, a stone stringcourse extends across the face
  of the tower.
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