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Meaning of APSE

Pronunciation:  aps

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar

APSE is a 4 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: apsis
 See Also: church, church building, niche, recess, tribune



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Apse\, n.; pl. Apses. [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.

2. A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were

Note: This word is also written apsis and absis.

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