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EnglishEdit

 
Cornice, Wainwright Bldg, St. Louis (Louis Sullivan)
 
A snow cornice.

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French corniche or Italian cornice, from Latin cornīx (crow).[1]

NounEdit

cornice (plural cornices)

  1. (architecture) A horizontal architectural element of a building, projecting forward from the main walls, originally used as a means of directing rainwater away from the building's walls.
  2. A decorative element applied at the topmost part of the wall of a room, as with a crown molding.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess[1]:
      The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […]  The bed was the most extravagant piece.  Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.
  3. A decorative element at the topmost portion of certain pieces of furniture, as with a highboy.
  4. (geography, mountaineering) An overhanging edge of snow on a ridge or the crest of a mountain and along the sides of gullies.
    Synonym: snow cornice
    • 1999, Harish Kapadia, “Ascents in the Panch Chuli Group”, in Across Peaks & Passes in Kumaun Himalaya, New Delhi: Indus Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 136:
      Looking to the east we could see Api and the mountains of west Nepal, shapely snow peaks in the distance, while in the immediate foreground, much lower but still dramatic, were the peaks of Panch Chuli IV and V (III was hidden by the lip of a huge cornice), Telkot and Nagling, all of them unclimbed, all steep and challenging.

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VerbEdit

cornice (third-person singular simple present cornices, present participle cornicing, simple past and past participle corniced)

  1. (transitive) To furnish or decorate with a cornice.

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ cornice” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek κορωνίς (korōnís, curved line), influenced by Latin cornīx from the same root.[1]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cornice f (plural cornici)

  1. frame
  2. (architecture) cornice
    Synonym: cornicione
  3. ledge
  4. (figuratively) background, setting

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ cornice in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

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NounEdit

cōrnīce

  1. ablative singular of cōrnīx