- 1A large semicircular or polygonal recess in a church, arched or with a domed roof, typically at the eastern end, and usually containing the altar.More example sentences
- They were seated at the midpoint of the nave, with us facing them backward, that is, toward the narthex rather than the apse of the cathedral.
- A number of buildings, at Vindolanda, South Shields, Housesteads and Birdoswald, have been claimed as Christian churches, largely on account of their having semi-circular apses.
- Inside is a nave surmounted by a generous barrel vault supported by large but simple columns and flanked by side aisles; a transept separates the nave from a central apse behind the altar.
- 2 another term for apsis.More example sentences
- Further, it should be stated that the assumption is negatived by the movement of the moon's apse.
- Moreover, the progression of the Moon's apse, thus determined by Newton, is but half its true amount.
- A break-down of the secular rates of motion of the lunar orbit's apse and line of nodes, taken from Brown's lunar theory, is instructive in this respect.
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- The apsidal hall has a small tower over its end to give the appearance of height.
- He also rounded the projecting east wing, giving it an apsidal configuration.
- The distribution of finds within the buildings suggests that the area furthest from the entrance, in one of the apsidal ends, was the living area, with a hearth in the middle separating it from the sleeping quarters.
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