Apse Apse ([a^]ps), n.; pl. Apses ([a^]p"s[e^]z). [See {Apsis}.] 1. (Arch.) (a) A projecting part of a building, esp. of a church, having in the plan a polygonal or semicircular termination, and, most often, projecting from the east end. In early churches the Eastern apse was occupied by seats for the bishop and clergy. Hence: (b) The bishop's seat or throne, in ancient churches. [1913 Webster]

2. A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word is also written {apsis} and {absis}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Absis — Ab sis, n. See {Apsis}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Absis — (Bauk. u. Astron.), Einzahl von Absiden, s.d …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Absis — (Abside), s. Apsis …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Absis — Absis, s.v.w. Apsis …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Absis — s. Apsis …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • ABSIS — Graece Α᾿ψὶς et Absida, fornix est, arcus, haemisphaerium et quod in curvamen arcuatum constituitur. Hinc arcus Imperatorum triumphales Graeci Apsidas vocant, Cael. Rhodig. Antiqq. lect. l. 28. c. 10. Apud Ecclesiasticae rei Scriptores, modo… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • absis — obs. form of apsis …   Useful english dictionary

  • absis — ab|sis Mot Pla Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • Absiden — (Apsiden, Absides, eigentl. Hapsides, v. gr.), 1) Krümmungen, Bogen, Gewölbe; 2) Altarnischen, bes. in den alten Kirchen die des Hauptaltars; 3) die Punkte der Sonnennähe (untere Absis) u. Sonnenferne (obere Absis) in den Planetenbahnen; ihr… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Ábside — (Del lat. absis, idis < gr. apsis, nudo, bóveda.) ► sustantivo masculino 1 ARQUITECTURA Parte de una iglesia, normalmente semicircular, que sobresale de su fachada posterior. TAMBIÉN ábsida 2 Extremo del eje mayor de la órbita de un astro.… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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