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1. The transverse part of a cruciform church, crossing the nave at right angles.
2. Either of the two lateral arms of such a part.

[New Latin trānsēptum : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin saeptum, partition; see septum.]

tran·sep′tal (-sĕp′təl) adj.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) either of the two wings of a cruciform church at right angles to the nave
[C16: from Anglo-Latin transeptum, from Latin trans- + saeptum enclosure]
tranˈseptal adj


(ˈtræn sɛpt)

1. any major transverse part of the body of a church, usu. crossing the nave, at right angles, at the entrance to the choir.
2. an arm of this, on either side of the central aisle of a church.
[1530–40; < Anglo-Latin trānseptum. See trans-, septum]
tran•sep′tal, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.transept - structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform churchtransept - structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church; crosses the nave at right angles
church building, church - a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty"
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"


[ˈtrænsept] Ncrucero m


[ˈtrænsɛpt] ntransept m


nQuerschiff nt, → Transept nt (spec)


[ˈtrænsɛpt] n (Archit) → transetto
References in classic literature ?
Seating myself in a corner of the transept where I could see all and be little seen, I with the rest awaited the coming of the overdue bridegroom.
Perhaps the glimpse, among the anonymous spectators in the transept, of a dark coil of hair under a hat which, a moment later, revealed itself as belonging to an unknown lady with a long nose, so laughably unlike the person whose image she had evoked that he asked himself if he were becoming subject to hallucinations.
Even if Philip had wanted to hear this it would have been impossible, for the boys of King's School sit in the choir, and the pulpit stands at the corner of the transept so that the preacher's back is almost turned to them.
One priest dressed in white robes sat, to represent the angel, by one of the square-built tombs near the junction of nave and transept, and three others, personating the Marys, advanced slowly toward him while they chanted their portion of the same dialog.
There was no one even to tell her which, of all the sepulchral slabs that paved the nave and transepts, was the one that was really beautiful, the one that had been most praised by Mr.
But they were in the church, nevertheless--they were in one of the transepts.
A SKULL forms part of a collection of bones that have been found among the stepped footings of Westminster Abbey's south transept.
These include the main volume of the church (nave, transept, choir, chapels) but all stairs leading to the attic and basement, attic all, the sacristy, the corridors, halls meeting and welcome, all basements including among others the crypt and the boiler
The 700-year-old building suffered serious damage to the south transept but the famous Rose Window survived.
The 700-yearold building suffered serious damage to the south transept.
Shadows of the Wanderer is a monumental sculpture by Brazilian born British artist Ana Maria Pacheco and currently on display in the North transept of Norwich Cathedral.
Those lighting candles and saying prayers on Thursday in the south transept included council and police chiefs, alongside representatives of a range of faiths and members of the public.

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