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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)
n
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.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations
absidiapsidiapsiskuori
apszis
abscisse

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[æps] Nábside m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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[ˈæps] nabside f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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nApsis f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

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[æps] n (Archit, Geom) → abside f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
Los mas proximos a nosotros son los siguientes: Rafael Montejano y Aguinaga, Notas para una Bibliografia Guadalupana (Abside, Mexico 1949, 98 pp.); Ernesto de la Torre Villar y Ramiro Navarro de Anda, Testimonios Historicos Guadalupanos (FCE, Mexico 1983, 1468 pp.
Se encuentran en una especie de abside existente en el lugar, junto a tres hoyos de hibernacion de oso de las cavernas (Foto 28).