Nave meaning

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The central part of a church, extending from the narthex to the chancel and flanked by aisles.
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The hub of a wheel.
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That part of a church that is between the side aisles and extends from the chancel to the principal entrance, forming the main part of the building.
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The hub of a wheel.
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(architecture) The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances.
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A hub of a wheel.
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Origin of nave

  • Medieval Latin nāvis from Latin ship (from its shape) nāu- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English from Old English nafu nobh- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old English nafu, from Proto-Germanic *nabō (compare Dutch naaf, German Nabe), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nobh (“navel") (compare Latin umbō (“shield boss"), Latvian naba, Sanskrit [script?] (nābha)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Ultimately from Latin nāvis, via a Romance source.

    From Wiktionary