Webster 1913 Edition
nef, fr. L.
navisship, to which the church was often likened; akin to Gr.
ναύαρχός, Skr. nāus, and perh. to AS.
nökkvi; cf. L.
nareto swim, float. Cf.
The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances, or, if there are no transepts, from the choir to the principal entrance, but not including the aisles.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The thick piece of timber in the center of a wheel, in which the spokes are inserted; called also the hob.
2.The middle or body of a church extending from the balluster or rail of the door, to the chief choir.