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mɒsk, mɔskmosque

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mosquenoun

    (Islam) a Muslim place of worship that usually has a minaret


  1. mosquenoun

    A place of worship for Muslims, corresponding to a church or synagogue in other religions, often having at least one minaret; a masjid.

  2. Etymology: From mosquée, from moschea, ultimately from مسجد, literally ‘place of prostration’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mosquenoun

    A Mahometan temple.

    Etymology: mosquée, French; moschit, Turkish.


  1. Mosque

    A mosque ( MOSK) or masjid ( MASS-jid, MUSS-; both from Arabic: مَسْجِد, romanized: masjid, pronounced [ˈmasdʒid]; lit. 'place of ritual prostration') is a place of prayer for Muslims. Mosques are usually covered buildings, but can be any place where prayers (sujud) are performed, including outdoor courtyards.The first mosques were simple places of prayer for Muslims, and may have been open spaces rather than buildings. In the first stage of Islamic architecture, 650-750 CE, early mosques comprised open and closed covered spaces enclosed by walls, often with minarets from which calls to prayer were issued. Mosque buildings typically contain an ornamental niche (mihrab) set into the wall that indicates the direction of Mecca (qiblah) and ablution facilities. The pulpit (minbar), from which the Friday (jumu'ah) sermon (khutba) is delivered, was in earlier times characteristic of the central city mosque, but has since become common in smaller mosques. Mosques typically have segregated spaces for men and women. This basic pattern of organization has assumed different forms depending on the region, period and denomination.Mosques commonly serve as locations for prayer, Ramadan vigils, funeral services, marriage and business agreements, alms collection and distribution, as well as homeless shelters. Historically, mosques have served as a community center, a court of law, and a religious school. In modern times, they have also preserved their role as places of religious instruction and debate. Special importance is accorded to the Great Mosque of Mecca (centre of the hajj), the Prophet's Mosque in Medina (burial place of Muhammad) and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem (believed to be the site of Muhammad's ascent to heaven).With the spread of Islam, mosques multiplied across the Islamic world. Sometimes churches and temples were converted into mosques, which influenced Islamic architectural styles. While most pre-modern mosques were funded by charitable endowments, increasing government regulation of large mosques has been countered by a rise of privately funded mosques, many of which serve as bases for different Islamic revivalist currents and social activism. Mosques have played a number of political roles. The rates of mosque attendance vary widely depending on the region.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mosquenoun

    a Mohammedan church or place of religious worship

  2. Etymology: [F. mosque, Sp. mezquita, Ar. masjid, from sajada to bend, adore.]


  1. Mosque

    A mosque, sometimes spelt mosk, is a place of worship for followers of Islam. There are strict and detailed requirements in Sunni fiqh for a place of worship to be considered a masjid, with places that do not meet these requirements regarded as musallas. There are stringent restrictions on the uses of the area formally demarcated as the mosque, and, in the Sharia, after an area is formally designated as a mosque, it remains so until the Last Day. Quba Mosque is the first mosque in history, and mosques have developed significantly since Quba mosque. Many mosques have elaborate domes, minarets, and prayer halls. Mosques originated on the Arabian Peninsula, but are now found in all inhabited continents. The mosque serves as a place where Muslims can come together for salah as well as a center for information, education, and dispute settlement. The imam leads the prayer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mosque

    mosk, n. a Mohammedan place of worship. [Fr.,—Sp. mezquita—Ar. masjidsajada, to pray.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mosque in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mosque in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of mosque in a Sentence

  1. Tatan Agustustani:

    It's the same in the mosque or at home, for me, no matter where we are, prayers must go on, even though we cannot pray in the mosque.

  2. Simphiwe Mhlongo:

    The bomb squad is there now in the mosque and they will give us a report if it is an explosive device or not.

  3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

    The law does not impact 1.3 billions Indians, and I must assure Muslim citizens of India that this law will not change anything for them, we have never asked anyone if they go to a temple or a mosque when it comes to implementing welfare schemes.

  4. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    During our call, I told Mr Abbas that I strongly condemned Israel’s intervention on worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and that we will stand against provocations and threats to its status or spirit, turkey always stands with Palestine.

  5. Amir Taheri:

    Some in the West suggest that Isam needs a separation of mosque and state. However, in the case of Iran at least what is needed is a separation lof religion and business.

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