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\ ˈaps How to pronounce apse (audio) \

Definition of apse

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

Examples of apse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The apse was transported, stone by stone, to the Cloisters in the late 1940s as a long-term loan from the Spanish government. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2022 The show is installed in the museum’s Fuentidueña Chapel Gallery, a space defined by a full-scale architectural work, the complete apse of the 12th-century church of San Martín from the town of Fuentidueña in central northern Spain. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2022 One bulging wall, poking out into a courtyard like a chapel’s apse, is actually a conversation nook for resident artists. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Sep. 2021 But another priest, Don Mario Carminati at the church of San Giuseppe in the Bergamo suburb of Seriate, refused such rites, instead piling up coffins in his aisles and apse. Ed Vulliamy, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 The walls of the cathedral’s apse—the most sacred part of the building—were painted in the 10th or early 11th century with portraits believed to represent the Twelve Apostles, reports Jesse Holth for ARTnews. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 July 2021 As Hurriyet reports, Polat and his team uncovered the apse near the station’s waiting platforms. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2021 Now, reports the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a third- or fourth-century B.C. apse, or semicircular recess commonly found in ancient churches. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2021 Just east of the church apse, the archaeologists found the dome of a large tomb. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of apse

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apse

shortening of apsis, perhaps by analogy with base entry 1 : basis

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Last Updated

13 May 2022

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“Apse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apse. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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