apse

(redirected from Apses)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia.
click for a larger image
apse
plan of the 4th-century ad
St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
A. apse
B. transept
C. nave
D. aisles
E. narthex
F. atrium

apse

 (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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

apse

(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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

apse

(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.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

apse

- 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

apse

[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

apse

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

apse

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

apse

[æps] n (Archit, Geom) → abside f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
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?
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.
`Finding of the Grail,' which is for the apse of the Abbey church.