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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The simple nave arcade is of moulded brick in wide pointed arches.
▪ There is a tall nave arcade and no clerestory.
▪ The nave arcade has round arches behind which are lower aisles.
▪ It has an exceptionally lofty nave arcade whose pointed arches reach almost into the vault.
▪ The nave is lofty and divided into nave arcade, triforium and clerestory.
▪ There are no capitals to the nave arcade which supports the quadripartite vault over naves and aisles.
▪ Both nave arcade and clerestory windows continue uninterrupted, but in narrowing form, round the choir apse.
▪ Inside, the triforium is often omitted or is just a decorative band, while the nave arcade is of great importance.
▪ Above the porch was usually a decorative circular window in the façade gable which lit the nave behind.
▪ All furniture had to be removed from the nave to make room for the flowers.
▪ Athelstan went along the nave to meet him.
▪ Only Ray and a high school student named Devon Franklin remained standing in the middle of the nave.
▪ Standing high in the nave is the pulpit attributed to Grinling Gibbons.
▪ The massive pillars of its nave are very reminiscent of the Norman splendours of Durham cathedral.
▪ There's the monkey funeral out there in one of the windows of the north nave aisle and this in here.
▪ Thus, nave and aisles could be vaulted on square bay pattern.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

nave \nave\ (n[=a]v), n. [AS. nafu; akin to D. naaf, G. nabe, OHG. naba, Icel. n["o]f, Dan. nav, Sw. naf, Skr. n[=a]bhi nave and navel: cf. L. umbo boss of a shield. [root]260. Cf. Navel.]

  1. The block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and through which the axle passes; -- called also hub or hob.

  2. The navel. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"main part of a church," 1670s, from Medieval Latin navem (nominative navis) "nave of a church," from Latin navis "ship" (see naval), on some fancied resemblance in shape.


"hub of a wheel," Old English nafu, from Proto-Germanic *nabo- (cognates: Old Saxon naba, Old Norse nöf, Middle Dutch nave, Dutch naaf, Old High German naba, German Nabe), perhaps connected with the root of navel on notion of centrality (compare Latin umbilicus "navel," also "the end of a roller of a scroll," Greek omphalos "navel," also "the boss of a shield").


Etymology 1 n. (context architecture English) The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances. Etymology 2

n. 1 A hub of a wheel. 2 (context obsolete English) The navel.


n. the central area of a church


In Romanesque and Gothic Christian abbey, cathedral, basilica and church architecture, the nave is the main body of the church. It provides the central approach to the high altar.

The nave extends from the entry—which may have a separate vestibule (the narthex)—to the chancel and may be flanked by lower side-aisles separated from the nave by an arcade. If the aisles are high and of a width comparable to the central nave, the structure is sometimes said to have three naves.

The term nave is from medieval Latin navis (ship). A ship was an early Christian symbol. The term may also have been suggested by the keel shape of the vaulting of a church. In many Scandinavian and Baltic countries a model ship is commonly found hanging in the nave of a church, and in some languages the same word means both 'nave' and 'ship', as for instance Danish skib or Swedish skepp.

Nave (disambiguation)

A nave is the middle or body of a church, or (etymologically unrelated) the hub of a wheel.

Nave or naves may also refer to:

Nave (river)

The Nave is a river in France, located in the department of Pas-de-Calais. It has its source in Nédonchel, then flows into the Clarence up to Gonnehem after a course of .

Usage examples of "nave".

Eo cum venisset, circuitis omnibus hibernis, singulari militum studio in sumrma omnium rerum inopia circiter sescentas eius generis cuius supra demonstravimus naves et longas XXVIII invenit instructas neque multum abesse ab eo quin paucis diebus deduci possint.

As the side porches fronting the aisles are on the same level with the main porch, the bottom part of the front is bound together, and the divisions of nave and aisle, emphasised above by the prominent buttresses, are minimised below.

The first window from the west in the north aisle of the nave is plain.

His grave in the north aisle of the nave was opened when the present pavement was laid down in 1736, and a chalice and paten taken from it.

Looking southwards, some holland screens barred half of the nave, which showed ambery in the sunlight and was speckled at both ends by the dazzling blue and crimson of stained-glass windows.

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.

In all probability there was, according to the usual plan of Norman churches, a tower at the junction of the nave and transepts, and beyond this an apsidal choir.

The arcading of the south aisle of the nave has been terribly tampered with.

Some of the piers of the nave arcading have also been partially renewed.

Hugh of Eversden began to rebuild this ruined part of the church, and this accounts for the five bays of the nave arcading westward of the rood-screen being in fourteenth-century style.

It had been a day full of obligations and endless ministerial duties, including a meeting with Larry Garber regarding his drawings of the sacristy, revised based on their telephone exchange, and a general review of the floor plan for the nave, the baptistry, and the choir.

The interior of this church is generally considered one of the most beautiful interiors of Italy on account of its effective basilican plan with a crypt opening from the nave, its beautiful and rich detail, and its fine mosaics and decorations.

At the opposite end of the nave a door could be glimpsed behind the bema that contained the shrine to the four greater gods.

Llantrisant church has that primitive division between nave and chancel which only very foolish people decline to recognize as equivalent to the Oriental iconostasis and as the origin of the Western rood-screen.

Her uncovered face shone like alabaster, her lanceolate eyes had a life of their own under the enormous chandeliers of the central nave, and as she walked she was so erect, so haughty, so self-possessed, that she seemed no older than her son.