Censer
Censer Cen"ser, n. [For incenser, fr. OF. encensier, F. encensoir, fr. LL. incensarium, incensorium, fr. L. incensum incense. See {Incense}, and cf. {Incensory}.] A vessel for perfumes; esp. one in which incense is burned. [1913 Webster]

Note: The ecclesiastical censer is usually cup-shaped, has a cover pierced with holes, and is hung by chains. The censer bearer swings it to quicken the combustion. [1913 Webster]

Her thoughts are like the fume of frankincense Which from a golden censer forth doth rise. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


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  • Censer — • A vessel suspended by chains, and used for burning incense at solemn Mass, Vespers, Benediction, processions, and other important offices of the Church Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Censer     Censer …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • censer — censer, censor, censure 1. A censer (from an Anglo French root related to incense) is a vessel for burning incense; a censor (from a Latin word meaning ‘to assess’) is an official who decides on the suitability of films, plays, etc. for public… …   Modern English usage

  • censer — vessel used for burning incense, mid 13c., from O.Fr. censier, aphetic form of encensier, from encens incense (see INCENSE (Cf. incense) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • censer — ► NOUN ▪ a container in which incense is burnt. ORIGIN Old French censier, from encens incense …   English terms dictionary

  • censer — [sen′sər] n. [ME < OFr censier < encensier < encens: see INCENSE1] an ornamented container in which incense is burned …   English World dictionary

  • Censer — Distinguish from sensor, censure and censor. Censers are any type of vessels made for burning incense. These vessels vary greatly in size, form, and material of construction. They may consist of simple earthenware bowls or fire pots to… …   Wikipedia

  • Censer —    The vessel in which incense was presented on the golden altar before the Lord in the temple (Ex. 30:1 9). The priest filled the censer with live coal from the sacred fire on the altar of burnt offering, and having carried it into the sanctuary …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • censer — See censer, censor, censure …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • censer — A vessel in which incense was sprinkled on hot coals (2 Chron. 26:19); probably a decorated rod with a bowl at the end (Heb. 9:4). In Rev. 8:3 an angel [[➝ angels]] swings a golden censer and the ascending smoke symbolizes people s prayers …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • censer — n. a vessel in which incense is burnt, esp. during a religious procession or ceremony. Etymology: ME f. AF censer, OF censier aphetic of encensier f. encens INCENSE(1) …   Useful english dictionary

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