- the part of a cross-shaped church at right angles to the long, main section, or nave
- either arm of this part, outside the nave
Origin: ModL transeptum from Classical Latin trans-, across plush septum: see septum
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- The transverse part of a cruciform church, crossing the nave at right angles.
- Either of the two lateral arms of such a part.
Origin: New Latin trānsēptum : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin saeptum, partition; see septum.
- tran·sepˈtal adjective