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noun
\ ˈaps \

Definition of apse 

2 : a projecting part of a building (such as a church) that is usually semicircular in plan and vaulted

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To the right and left of the apse are Coptic inscriptions. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Egypt," 5 Oct. 2016 Visitors enter through a narrow passage into a spare, traditional looking chapel whose apse wall is pockmarked with charcoal pieces framing a wooden cross. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "The Most Surprising Entry in Venice’s Architecture Biennale? The Vatican’s," 25 May 2018 At the east end of the wide nave, once covered by two domes, is the large apse, with three rectangular niches under semi-domes. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Egypt," 5 Oct. 2016 It is posed in glorious isolation, back to the viewer, in a stone apse. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Review: A Gift From the Sartorial Gods," 10 May 2018 The reception area and a wine bar occupy the original nave and apse of the church, while a superb open-walled breakfast room and library fill an upstairs mezzanine. Alice Newell-hanson, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Hotels That Used to Be Churches, Temples, and More," 29 Mar. 2018 There’s even a sort of font near the apse/prow of the gallery: a circular pool of clear oil in which hundreds of tiny steel bearings are gently nudged into geometries by a magnet circling beneath the surface. Steve Mannheimer, Indianapolis Star, "New art installation at Herron Gallery uses VHS tape to make your eyes buzz," 22 Mar. 2018 The officials also inaugurated the Mosaic of the Transfiguration situated in the eastern apse of the monastery’s great basilica. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai after renovations," 16 Dec. 2017 The officials also inaugurated the Mosaic of the Transfiguration situated in the eastern apse of the monastery’s great basilica. Time, "Egypt Reopens Ancient Library Holding Thousands of Centuries-Old Manuscripts," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of apse

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apse

Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin apsis, from Latin

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English Language Learners Definition of apse

: a part of a church that is shaped like a half circle and that is usually at the east end of the building

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