Apse meaning

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(architecture) A usually semicircular or polygonal, often vaulted recess, especially the termination of the sanctuary end of a church.
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(astronomy) An apsis.
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A semicircular or polygonal projection of a building, esp. one at the east end of a church, with a domed or vaulted roof.
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(architecture) A semicircular projection from a building, especially the rounded east end of a church that contains the altar.
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A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept.
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Origin of apse

  • Variant of apsis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Latin apsis, from Ancient Greek ἁψίς (hapsis, “arch, vault”), from ἅπτω (haptō, “I bind, join”).

    From Wiktionary