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plan of the 4th-century ad
St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
A. apse
B. transept
C. nave
D. aisles
E. narthex
F. atrium

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 (ăps)
n.
1. Architecture A usually semicircular or polygonal, often vaulted recess, especially the termination of the sanctuary end of a church.
2. Astronomy An apsis.

[Variant of apsis.]

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(æps)
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1. (Architecture) Also called: apsis a domed or vaulted semicircular or polygonal recess, esp at the east end of a church
2. (Astronomy) astronomy another name for apsis1
[C19: from Latin apsis, from Greek: a fitting together, arch, from haptein to fasten]
apsidal adj

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(æps)

n.
1. a usu. vaulted semicircular or polygonal termination or recess in a building, esp. at the end of a church.
[1815–25; variant of apsis]
ap′si•dal, adj.

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- From Latin apsis, meaning "fastening together," it is based on the notion that a vaulted space seems to be the joining together of arcs to form a circle.
See also related terms for joining.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apse - a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a churchapse - a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar
church building, church - a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty"
niche, recess - an enclosure that is set back or indented
tribune - the apse of a Christian church that contains the bishop's throne
Translations
absidiapsidiapsiskuori
apszis
abscisse

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[æps] Nábside m

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[ˈæps] nabside f

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nApsis f

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[æps] n (Archit, Geom) → abside f