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Webster's Dictionary

Apse

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(1):

(n.) The bishop's seat or throne, in ancient churches.

(2):

(n.) 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.

(3):

(n.) A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept.

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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Apse'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/a/apse.html. 1828.

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