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nave. Central clerestoreyed aisle of a basilican church, or the main body of the church between the western wall and the chancel, whether aisled or not, used by the laity. The nave was often separated from the choir by a screen, and from the aisles by nave-arcades which support the clerestorey. A nave-chapel is one on either side of a nave, e.g. in aisles, separated by screens.

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nave1 / nāv/ • n. the central part of a church building, intended to accommodate most of the congregation. In traditional Western churches it is rectangular, separated from the chancel by a step or rail, and from adjacent aisles by pillars.nave2 • n. the hub of a wheel.

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nave1 central block of a wheel. OE. nafu and nafa, corr. to MDu. nave (Du. naaf), OHG. naba (G. nabe), ON. nǫf :- Gmc. *naƀō, rel. to Latv. naba navel, Skr. náƀhi- nave, navel; cf. NAVEL.

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nave the central part of a church building, intended to accommodate most of the congregation. In traditional Western churches it is rectangular, separated from the chancel by a step or rail, and from adjacent aisles by pillars. Recorded from the late 17th century, the word comes from Latin navis ‘ship’.

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nave2 main body of a church. XVII. — medL. spec. use of L. nāvis ship (see NAVAL).

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nave (Lat. navis, ship) Central, main area of a church or cathedral. It extends from the main entrance to the transepts and includes the main aisle. It is the congregation's seating area.

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