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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
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And who put the cold, white panes in the place of those windows," high in color, "which caused the astonished eyes of our fathers to hesitate between the rose of the grand portal and the arches of the apse? And what would a sub-chanter of the sixteenth century say, on beholding the beautiful yellow wash, with which our archiepiscopal vandals have desmeared their cathedral?
There are, invariably, two naves, which intersect in a cross, and whose upper portion, rounded into an apse, forms the choir; there are always the side aisles, for interior processions, for chapels,--a sort of lateral walks or promenades where the principal nave discharges itself through the spaces between the pillars.
Raoul walked away, dejectedly, to the graveyard in which the church stood and was indeed alone among the tombs, reading the inscriptions; but, when he turned behind the apse, he was suddenly struck by the dazzling note of the flowers that straggled over the white ground.
At that moment, we were just in front of the high altar; and the moonbeams fell straight upon us through the stained-glass windows of the apse. As I did not let go of the cloak, the shadow turned round; and I saw a terrible death's head, which darted a look at me from a pair of scorching eyes.
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