from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A horizontal band or molding set in the face of a building as a design element.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thin projecting course of brickwork or stone that runs horizontally around a building, typically to emphasize the junction between floors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A horizontal band in a building, forming a part of the design, whether molded, projecting, or carved, or in any way distinguished from the rest of the work.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a narrow molding or a projecting course continued horizontally along the face of a building, frequently under windows. It is sometimes merely a flat band, more often molded, and sometimes richly carved.
Beneath an elegant cornice of acanthus-leaf scrolls, the top two floors are delineated by a stringcourse of shells, tridents, and sea creatures, and a symmetrical pattern of square and circular cartouches, the latter of which depict a majestic eagle-like bird puffing out its breast and extending its wings.
Between the arches there rises a clustered shaft which reaches to the level of the highest points of the arches: here these shafts combine with an ornamented stringcourse which runs in a straight line along the entire front.
Below these, and resting upon the long stringcourse that runs above the great arches, are sets of seven trefoil-headed niches, with a half-niche at each end.
In some cases this tracery is placed just below the Norman stringcourse, but in others the stringcourse has been removed to make room for it.
The loftiest of the stages of this arcading has a sub-division with round arches; and the stage above the great stringcourse has round-headed trefoils so as to be in keeping with the row of similar arches in the gables; but with these two exceptions all the arches on the arcades of the tower are pointed and without cusps.
Below the triforium a stringcourse of chevrons runs all along.
Parts of the original external stringcourse of the apse can be seen.
There was never any ambulatory round the apse outside; we can still see, from the new building, portions of a stringcourse which was external, as well as other evidences that the apse was the end of the church.
"But ... do you think the stringcourse is really important?"
"We'll have an ornamented stringcourse," said Francon with calm, genuine authority.