Apse
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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