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Definition a decorative border along the top of a building's exterior wall


a decorative molding between the ceiling and the top of a wall


hardened snow that hangs over a ridge or precipice
  • 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
  • Cornices as airy as meringue jutted over voids a mile deep.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • cornices = hardened snow that hangs over a ridge or precipice
  • 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
  • cornices = decorative borders along the top of building walls
  • ...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
  • cornice = a decorative molding between the ceiling and the top of a wall
  • Upon the cornice of the tower a tall staff was fixed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • 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
  • 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
  • Then down out of the sky he drops to a cornice beam with mortal voice telling me not to weep.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • 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
  • Bullets which had rebounded from the cornices of the houses penetrated the barricade and wounded several men.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • As he took off with a hissing roar, he clattered against a thirtieth story cornice and nearly capsized.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Roguish fauns and naked nymphs peeked down at Billy from festooned cornices.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • 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
  • Her building has a crumbling stoop, a terra cotta—colored facade with a gaudy green cornice.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • 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
  • 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 walls were ornamented with the choicest specimens of French paper, enriched with a gilded cornice of elegant design.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby

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