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nave

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noun \ˈnāv\

Definition of nave

  1. :  the hub of a wheel



Origin of nave

Middle English, from Old English nafu; akin to Old English nafela navel


First Known Use: before 12th century


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nave

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Definition of nave

  1. :  the main part of the interior of a church; especially :  the long narrow central hall in a cruciform church that rises higher than the aisles flanking it to form a clerestory



Origin of nave

Medieval Latin navis, from Latin, ship; akin to Old English nōwend sailor, Greek naus ship, Sanskrit nau


First Known Use: 1673

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nave

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noun \ˈnāv\

Definition of nave

  1. :  the long central main part of a church





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