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Webster 1913 Edition


Nave

Nave

,
Noun.
[F.
nef
, fr. L.
navis
ship, to which the church was often likened; akin to Gr.
ναύαρχός
, Skr. nāus, and perh. to AS.
naca
boat, G.
nachen
, Icel.
nökkvi
; cf. L.
nare
to swim, float. Cf.
Nausea
,
Nautical
,
Naval
.]
(Arch.)
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


Nave

NAVE

,
Noun.
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.

Definition 2022


nave

nave

See also: näve, nāve, and nāvē

English

Noun

nave (plural naves)

  1. (architecture) The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, [], down the nave to the western door. [] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.
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Etymology 2

From Old English nafu, from Proto-Germanic *nabō (compare Dutch naaf, German Nabe), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nobh (navel) (compare Latin umbō (shield boss), Latvian naba, Sanskrit नाभ (nābha)).

Noun

nave (plural naves)

  1. A hub of a wheel.
    • --William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2
      'Out, out, thou strumpet Fortune! All you gods,
      In general synod take away her power;
      Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel,
      And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven...
  2. (obsolete) The navel.
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act I, scene 1:
      Till he faced the slave;/Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,/Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,/And fix'd his head upon our battlements
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Asturian

Etymology

From Latin nāvis.

Noun

nave f (plural naves)

  1. ship

Galician

Etymology

From Latin nāvis.

Noun

nave f (plural naves)

  1. ship (watercraft or airship)
  2. (architecture) nave

Italian

Etymology

From Latin nāvis, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂us.

Pronunciation

Noun

nave f (plural navi)

  1. ship

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Latin

Adjective

nāve

  1. vocative masculine singular of nāvus

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Northern Sami

Verb

nave

  1. inflection of navvit:
    1. present indicative connegative
    2. second-person singular imperative
    3. imperative connegative

Portuguese

Etymology

From Latin nāvis, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂us.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -avi

Noun

nave f (plural naves)

  1. ship
  2. (architecture) nave, aisle

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Spanish

Etymology

From Latin nāvis, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂us.

Noun

nave f (plural naves)

  1. ship
  2. (architecture) nave, aisle

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