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It is inscribed on the school building’s cornice.
  a decorative border along the top of a building’s exterior wall


a decorative molding between the ceiling and the top of a wall
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cornice cornices corniced cornicing
More rarely, "cornice" may refer to an ice or snow overhang.
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  • It is inscribed on the school building’s cornice.
  • adobe-colored concrete trimmed with a red brick cornice
  • decided to scale his building to the proportions of the square’s older Georgian buildings, conform to surrounding heights and match cornice lines
  • ...found themselves blinking in the light of an enormous room, where lamps glowed and a fire roared on the hearth and both were reflected from the gilding of roof and cornice.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair

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  • As a result, architects relied on old and dangerous habits, such as substituting wood for stone and decorating their buildings with wooden awnings, cupolas, and cornices.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The dining room was large, paneled in zebra wood with enough moldings, cornices, and medallions to qualify for palace status.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • A single billboard, mounted on the cornice of the building across the alley, dominates the view; its surface gleams three yards beyond the glass.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Scrawled in pencil, it was testimony indeed to the imperfect command of written English of which Sophie had so recently lamented to me, but also to the influence of German, which she had learned from her father so many years before in Cracow and which until this moment I had not realized had embedded itself with such obstinacy, like cornices and moldings of Gothic stone, in her mind’s architecture.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I was impressed by the aimlessness and sprawl of it, its cornices and columns, the elaborate ironwork door with its sense of a stage set, like a house from one of the Telemundo soap operas the doormen always had going in the package room.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • But you’ve seen buildings with columns that support nothing, with purposeless cornices, with pilasters, moldings, false arches, false windows.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Unlike Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, I had no girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs, and so I drew up the girl beside me, tightening my arms.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • From this vantage point she could see the upper floors of the old apartment buildings that lined the avenue, elaborately carved with gargoyles and ornamental cornices.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Though part of him wanted to stand outside in the rain and stare up at the eaves and cornices, he rushed into the house with Lindsey.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • At last the sleigh bore to the right, drew up at an entrance, and Rostov saw overhead the old familiar cornice with a bit of plaster broken off, the porch, and the post by the side of the pavement.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • A second group of artists disposed themselves on these long appendages, then a third above these, then a fourth, until a human monument reaching to the very cornices of the theatre soon arose on top of the noses.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Then down out of the sky he drops to a cornice beam with mortal voice telling me not to weep.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Roguish fauns and naked nymphs peeked down at Billy from festooned cornices.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • I wandered, on a moonlight night, through the grass-grown enclosure within: here I stumbled over a marble hearth, and there over a fallen fragment of cornice.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It acted as buttress and dam for a cornice of blue ice that groaned and split under the wind, loosing jagged slabs that shattered on the granite below.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The rooms upstairs had great high wooden chimney-pieces and large doors, with panelled walls and cornices to the ceiling; which, although they were black with neglect and dust, were ornamented in various ways.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The mason who finishes the cornice of the palace returns at night perchance to a hut not so good as a wigwam.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The houses stood like men in unpressed suits, who had lost the desire to stand straight: the cornices were like sagging shoulders, the crooked porch steps like torn hem lines, the broken windows like patches, mended with clapboard.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Look at it still today: the outer wall where the cornice runs, it shines with the brilliance of copper; and the inner wall, it has no equal.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Roses covered the walls of the house, draped the cornices, climbed the pillars, and ran riot over the balustrade of the wide terrace, whence one looked down on the sunny Mediterranean, and the white-walled city on its shore.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Gargoyle faces leered down from its cornices, as if daring him to approach the front door.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • It was a broad panelled staircase, with massive balustrades of some dark wood; cornices above the doors, ornamented with carved fruit and flowers; and broad seats in the windows.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The uppermost shank of Everest’s Southeast Ridge is a slender, heavily corniced fin of rock and wind-scoured snow that snakes for a quarter mile between the summit and a subordinate pinnacle known as the South Summit.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • A gray bird flew above them, above the electric wires for the streetcar line, and perched on the metal cornice of a roof.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • There was an invisible sound of running water, and pots with carnations on the cornices, and cages of strange birds in the arcades.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The sweltering auditorium at Roosevelt High School-a turn-of-the-century monstrosity with Yankee church spires and crumbling cornices-is filling quickly, and the balcony is now opened.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Upon the cornice of the tower a tall staff was fixed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Boys from High school are perched on the lampposts, telegraph poles, windowsills, cornices, gutters, chimneypots, railings, rainspouts, whistling and cheering the pillar of the cloud appears.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • On the cornice of the wardrobe, the hand of an amateur had painted this inscription: "Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes."
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Mortenson hauled himself up a steep trail out of the gulch he had been traveling in, dropped to his hands and knees to scramble over a cornice, and stood at the top of a crest just as the rising sun climbed free of the valley walls.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Her building has a crumbling stoop, a terra cotta—colored facade with a gaudy green cornice.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • The broken flower drooped over Ben’s fist and his eyes were empty and blue and serene again as cornice and faĉade flowed smoothlyonce more from left to right, post and tree, window and doorway and signboard each inits ordered place.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • When again the pale sheen skimmed the cornices, it was almost beside him, and Amory thought he heard a quiet breathing.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The younger Englishman did not understand—he was one of the kind who were always jumping around cornices and balconies, as if they thought they were in the rigging of a ship—and filled the ride to the hotel with a preposterous story about a boxing match with his best friend in which they loved and bruised each other for an hour, always with great reserve.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The crowd grew more dense every moment, and, like water, which rises above its normal level, began to mount along the walls, to swell around the pillars, to spread out on the entablatures, on the cornices, on the window-sills, on all the salient points of the architecture, on all the reliefs of the sculpture.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Its shining walls rose against April sky to a simple cornice like a streak of white fire.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I gaze at the tops of buildings adorned with gargoyles and grand cornices.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Although they were still at work on the cornices outside and were painting on the ground floor, upstairs almost all the rooms were finished.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • His jealous glance as she walks that way betrays an instant’s misgiving that she may have it in her thoughts to leap over, and dashing against ledge and cornice, strike her life out upon the terrace below.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Modest, sensible, commercial in an unhurried way, a prewar way, with prewar traces of architectural detail surviving in the upper stories, in copper cornices and leaded windows, in the amphora frieze above the dime-store entrance.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • And a flock of pigeons parading rather dismally along the cornices and gutters of the upper floor and roof of the ancient court.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Sometimes he even had moments of absent-mindedness during the court sessions and would consider whether he should have straight or curved cornices for his curtains.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • The walls were ornamented with the choicest specimens of French paper, enriched with a gilded cornice of elegant design.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He was supremely happy, perched like an amorphous bundle on the high stool, with his head thrown back, his eyes fixed on the opposite cornice, and his lips wide open, sending forth, with all his might, impromptu syllables to a tune of Arne’s which had hit his fancy.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He had insisted that the library curtains should draw backward and forward on a rod, so that they might be closed in the evening, instead of remaining nailed to a gilt cornice, and immovably looped up over layers of lace, as in the drawing-room; and he pulled them back and pushed up the sash, leaning out into the icy night.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • One store-building had a patchy galvanized iron cornice; the building beside it was crowned with battlements and pyramids of brick capped with blocks of red sandstone.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
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