the central area of a church
the block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and through which the axle passes; -- called also hub or hob
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
Origin: [F. nef, fr. L. navis ship, to which the church was often likened; akin to Gr. nay`archo`s, Skr. nus, and perh. to AS. naca boat, G. nachen, Icel. nkkvi; cf. L. nare to swim, float. Cf. Nausea, Nautical, Naval.]
In Romanesque and Gothic Christian abbey, cathedral basilica and church architecture, the nave is the central approach to the high altar, the main body of the church. "Nave" was probably suggested by the keel shape of its vaulting. The nave of a church, whether Romanesque, Gothic or Classical, extends from the entry — which may have a separate vestibule, the narthex — to the chancel and is flanked by lower 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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nāv, n. the middle or main body of a church, distinct from the aisles or wings.—n. Nā′varch, a Greek admiral. [Fr. nef—L. navis, a ship.]
nāv, n. the hub or piece of wood, &c., in the centre of a wheel, through which the axle passes.—v.t. to form as a nave. [A.S. nafu, nave; cf. Dut. naaf, Ger. nabe.]
The numerical value of nave in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of nave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- nauCatalan, Valencian
- ναυς, αφαλόςGreek
- laiva, päälaivaFinnish
- nef, moyeuFrench
- corp na heaglaiseIrish
- cìochScottish Gaelic
- ratu rumbaLatvian
- брод, корабMacedonian
- midtskip, navNorwegian
- midskip, nav, midtskipNorwegian Nynorsk
- nawa, nawa główna, piastaPolish
- navă, naosRomanian
- skepp, navSwedish
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