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nave

[neyv] /neɪv/
noun
1.
the principal longitudinal area of a church, extending from the main entrance or narthex to the chancel, usually flanked by aisles of less height and breadth: generally used only by the congregation.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < Medieval Latin nāvis, Latin: ship; so called from the resemblance in shape
Can be confused
knave, naval, nave (see synonym study at knave)
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Examples for nave
  • The forum will be held in the nave and will cover both the architectural and historical significance of the cathedral.
  • You'll see the whole story painted on the ceiling of the main nave.
  • For now, the crossing and the chapels around the apse are open, reached through a shed that runs through the nave.
  • The gunboat would nave shelled the guerrillas, but that they protected themselves with the prisoners they had captured.
  • He would nave farms for the loyal from the plantations of the rebels.
  • Separating the choir from the nave was a bronze rail.
  • The soft hues of its murals-pink, pale blue and white-give the nave an airy feel.
  • In that nave and in the adjoining aisles knelt or stood the rapt throng of worshipers.
  • He commissioned the three-nave cathedral in the sixth century.
  • The nave was likely only joined to the tower after that was finished.
British Dictionary definitions for nave

nave1

/neɪv/
noun
1.
the central space in a church, extending from the narthex to the chancel and often flanked by aisles
Word Origin
C17: via Medieval Latin from Latin nāvis ship, from the similarity of shape

nave2

/neɪv/
noun
1.
the central block or hub of a wheel
Word Origin
Old English nafu, nafa; related to Old High German naba
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Word Origin and History for nave
nave
"main part of a church," 1673, from Sp. or It. nave, from M.L. navem (nom. navis) "nave of a church," from L. navis "ship" (see naval), on some fancied resemblance in shape.
nave
"hub of a wheel," O.E. nafu, from P.Gmc. *nabo-, perhaps connected with the root of navel (q.v.) on notion of centrality (cf. L. umbilicus "navel," also "the end of a roller of a scroll," Gk. omphalos "navel," also "the boss of a shield").
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