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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The plan is that of a cross-domed basilica with nave, aisles, eastern apse and western atrium.
▪ It is surrounded by buildings, the houses being built on to it at the eastern apse.
▪ It was built with five domes and three eastern apses and has entrances on three sides.
▪ The church is high and light so that the vista from narthex to eastern apse is clear and uninterrupted.
▪ It has the single dome on four piers and three eastern apses.
▪ It is smaller and has five aisles and three eastern apses.
▪ At the east end is a rectangular choir and later apse.
▪ It is surrounded by buildings, the houses being built on to it at the eastern apse.
▪ Later designs further adapted the basilican plan with apses at both east and west ends and sometimes added short transepts.
▪ Standing in the huge apse, covered by a baldacchino, was the monument to Peter.
▪ The apse mosaics have a gold background and are of early type, being stiff and formal in design.
▪ The tall apse windows give better illumination to the east end.
▪ The western apse is of about the year 1000 and the narthex is later.
▪ These towers were transeptal or set just behind the apses and were polygonal or circular in form.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Apse \Apse\ ([a^]ps), n.; pl. Apses ([a^]p"s[e^]z). [See Apsis.]

  1. (Arch.)

    1. A projecting part of a building, esp. of a church, having in the plan a polygonal or semicircular termination, and, most often, projecting from the east end. In early churches the Eastern apse was occupied by seats for the bishop and clergy. Hence:

    2. The bishop's seat or throne, in ancient churches.

  2. A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept.

    Note: This word is also written apsis and absis.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"semicircular extension at the end of a church," 1846, from Latin apsis "an arch, a vault," from Greek hapsis (Ionic apsis) "loop, arch," originally "a fastening, felloe of a wheel," from haptein "fasten together," which is of unknown origin. The original sense in Greek seems to have been the joining of the arcs to form a circle, especially in making a wheel. The architectural term is earlier attested in English in the Latin form (1706).


n. 1 (context architecture English) A semicircular projection from a building, especially the rounded east end of a church that contains the altar. 2 The bishop's seat or throne in ancient churches. 3 A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept. 4 (context astronomy obsolete English) The nearest and furthest points to the centre of gravitational attraction for a body in orbit. More usually called an apsis. 5 (context obsolete or dialectal English) An aspen tree.


n. a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar [syn: apsis]


APSE standing for Ada Programming Support Environment was a specification for a programming environment to support software development in the Ada programming language. This represented the second stage of the U.S. military Ada project; once the language was implemented, it was felt necessary to specify and implement a standard set of tools, hence the APSE. CAIS-A, Common APSE Interface Set A, was defined in MIL STD-1838A.

Apse (band)

Apse (pronounced "apps") was an American rock band signed to the UK label ATP Recordings 1 and Spanish label Acuarela Discos. The band moved through many different musical styles since its inception, weaving together at various times shoegazer, Heavy Metal, gothic rock, post-punk, prog-rock, industrial, and post-rock influences; while at the same time working in tribal, experimental, ambient and ethereal atmospheres. The most common lyrical themes had to do with spirituality, relationships with others (human as well as paranormal or divine), paranoia, power, and control.

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Those on the right, as one looked towards the apse, were for the Managers and Cashiers of the Bank, while those on the left were for their wives and daughters.

The VicePresident, Head Manager, Vice-Manager, and some Cashiers of the Bank, now ranged themselves on either side of him, and formed an impressive group as they stood, gorgeously arrayed, at the top of the steps leading from the apse to the nave.

To recompense Jean V for his liberality, the clergy accorded to him, for himself and his descendants, the right of burial in a chapel of the apse, consecrated to St.

On very stormy days the entire apse seemed to awake and to grumble under the noise of the rain as it beat against the leaden tiles of the roof, running off by the gutters of the cornices and rolling from story to story with the clamour of an overflowing torrent.

Through the window she saw the apse of the cathedral, almost white, and it seemed to her as if it were the reflection of this whiteness which entered her room, like the light of the dawn, fresh and pure.

They had crossed the three steps which led to the choir, then they turned by the circumference of the apse, which was the very oldest part of the building, and seemed most sepulchral.

The rays even penetrated into the apse, and the sepulchral crypts were brightened up by them.

The statue of Saint Agnes had reached the apse, still borne by the surpliced clerks, and her face looked very calm under the light, as if she were more than happy to return to her dreams of four centuries.

Each one of the stones in the immense building, the little columns in the windows, the bell-towers of its piers, the flying buttresses of its apse, all have a murmur which I can distinguish, a language which I understand.

Away to the back of the apse sparkled bits of gold and silver, half-seen skirts of velvet and of silk, a distant dazzling of the tabernacle among the sombre surroundings of green verdure.

Now if there were several ministers in the church, dressed in such gorgeous colors that I could see them at the distance from the apse at which my limited income compels me to sit, and candles were burning, and censers were swinging, and the platform was full of the sacred bustle of a gorgeous ritual worship, and a bell rang to tell me the holy moments, I should not mind the pillar at all.

When we put him away off in the apse, and set him up for a Goth, and then seat ourselves at a distance, scattered about among the pillars, the whole thing seems to me a trifle unnatural.

The archway which led into the apse to the right of the well was curtained by falls of fine black plastic mesh.

Pandaras shouted and ran, flinging himself in a furious panic through the black mesh curtains which divided the apse from the main part of the temple.

It stared above his head at one of its fellows on the opposite side of the square apse, but Yama fancied that he saw its eyes flicker toward him for an instant.