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belt course[′belt ‚kȯrs]
1. A horizontal band of masonry extending horizontally across the façade of a building and occasionally encircling the entire perimeter; usually projects beyond the face of the building and may be molded or richly carved. Also called a stringcourse or band course; called a sill course if set at windowsill level.
2. A horizontal board across front face or around a building, often having a molding.