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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nave(noun)

    the central area of a church

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nave(noun)

    the block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and through which the axle passes; -- called also hub or hob

  2. Nave(noun)

    the navel

  3. Nave(noun)

    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

  4. 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.]


  1. Nave

    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.

Anagrams of nave »

  1. Aven

  2. Neva

  3. Vane

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