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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apse, apsisnoun

    a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar


  1. apsenoun

    A semicircular projection from a building, especially the rounded east end of a church that contains the altar.

  2. apsenoun

    The bishop's seat or throne in ancient churches.

  3. apsenoun

    A reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept.

  4. apsenoun

    The nearest and furthest points to the centre of gravitational attraction for a body in orbit. More usually called an apsis.

  5. apsenoun

    In some local dialects and in archaic usage, an aspen tree.

  6. Etymology: Via apsis, from ἁψίς, from ἅπτω.


  1. Apse

    In architecture, an apse (plural apses; from Latin absis 'arch, vault' from Ancient Greek ἀψίς apsis 'arch'; sometimes written apsis, plural apsides) is a semicircular recess covered with a hemispherical vault or semi-dome, also known as an exedra. In Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic Christian church (including cathedral and abbey) architecture, the term is applied to a semi-circular or polygonal termination of the main building at the liturgical east end (where the altar is), regardless of the shape of the roof, which may be flat, sloping, domed, or hemispherical. Smaller apses are found elsewhere, especially in shrines.


  1. apse

    An apse is an architectural feature often found in churches, chapels or other religious buildings. It's a semicircular or polygonal recess, usually located at the end of the main building, often housing the altar or sanctuary. The apse is typically covered with a half-dome and might be decorated with religious art or iconography.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apsenoun

    a projecting part of a building, esp. of a church, having in the plan a polygonal or semicircular termination, and, most often, projecting from the east end. In early churches the Eastern apse was occupied by seats for the bishop and clergy

  2. Apsenoun

    the bishop's seat or throne, in ancient churches

  3. Apsenoun

    a reliquary, or case in which the relics of saints were kept


  1. APSE

    APSE standing for Ada Programming Support Environment was a specification for a programming environment to support software development in the Ada programming language. This represented the second stage of the U.S. military Ada project; once the language was implemented, it was felt necessary to specify and implement a standard set of tools, hence the APSE. CAIS-A, Common APSE Interface Set A, was defined in MIL STD-1838A.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apse

    aps, n. an arched semicircular or polygonal recess at the east end of the choir of a church—here, in the Roman basilica, stood the prætor's chair.—adj. Ap′sidal.—n. Apsid′iole, a secondary apse, as one of the apses on either side of the central or main apse in a church of triapsidal plan. [See Apsis.]


  1. Apse

    Apse is a biotechnology company seeking to commercialize technology for the manufacture of RNA at drastically lower cost of goods than current commercial processes. RNA is manufactured in high yields and stabilized by the use of proprietary nanomaterials. The technology developed at Apse enables the application of RNAi to agricultural uses.

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Anagrams for apse »

  1. peas

  2. spae

  3. apes

  4. pesa

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apse in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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