Transept meaning

trănsĕpt
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The transverse part of a cruciform church, crossing the nave at right angles.
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Either of the two lateral arms of such a part.
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The part of a cross-shaped church at right angles to the long, main section, or nave.
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Either arm of this part, outside the nave.
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(architecture) The transversal part of a church, which crosses at right angles to the greatest length, and between the nave and choir. In the basilicas, this had often no projection at its two ends. In Gothic churches these project greatly, and should be called the arms of the transept. It is common, however, to speak of the arms themselves as the transepts.
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Origin of transept

  • New Latin trānsēptum Latin trāns- trans- Latin saeptum partition septum

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