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Meaning of CENSER

Pronunciation:  'sensur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)

CENSER is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: thurible
 See Also: vessel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

            Her thoughts are like the fume of frankincense
            Which from a golden censer forth doth rise.

Easton Bible Dictionary

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, there threw upon the burning coals the sweet incense (Lev. 16:12, 13), which sent up a cloud of smoke, filling the apartment with fragrance. The censers in daily use were of brass (Num. 16:39), and were designated by a different Hebrew name, _miktereth_ (2 Chr. 26:19; Ezek. 8:11): while those used on the day of Atonement were of gold, and were denoted by a word (mahtah) meaning "something to take fire with;" LXX. pureion = a fire-pan. Solomon prepared for the temple censers of pure gold (1 Kings 7:50; 2 Chr. 4:22). The angel in the Apocalypse is represented with a golden censer (Rev. 8:3, 5). Paul speaks of the golden censer as belonging to the tabernacle (Heb. 9:4). The Greek word thumiaterion, here rendered "censer," may more appropriately denote, as in the margin of Revised Version, "the altar of incense." Paul does not here say that the thumiaterion was in the holiest, for it was in the holy place, but that the holiest had it, i.e., that it belonged to the holiest (1 Kings 6:22). It was intimately connected with the high priest's service in the holiest.

The manner in which the censer is to be used is described in Num. 4:14; Lev. 16:12.

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