nave1

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Pronunciation: /neɪv
 
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noun

  • The central part of a church building, intended to accommodate most of the congregation. In traditional Western churches it is rectangular, separated from the chancel by a step or rail, and from adjacent aisles by pillars.
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    • The plan of the church is essentially traditional with nave, altar, side chapel and confessional booths.
    • Back then it was known as St. Mary's, and consisted of no more than a simple rectangular nave and chancel.
    • The chancel and nave of the church date back to the 12th century, but it is also believed a Saxon church once stood there before and a Roman building before this.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin navis 'ship'.

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nave2

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Pronunciation: /neɪv
 
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noun

  • The hub of a wheel.
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    • The pot was thrown on a disc or small platform fixed to the centre or nave of the wheel.

Origin

Old English nafu, nafa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naaf and German Nabe, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit nābhis 'nave, navel'. Compare with navel.

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