- Architecture. a semicircular or polygonal termination or recess in a building, usually vaulted and used especially at the end of a choir in a church.
- Astronomy. an apsis.
Origin of apse
Examples from the Web for apse
This chapel was one of the most sunken and dark of the old Romanesque apse.The Dream
However, it was these portions of the transept and the apse which had the least suffered.
The apse, the last pillars, the giant piers themselves were felled!
When we came into the choir and apse we found ourselves in the midst of complexity.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
"I am talking of the Apse family," he answered, courteously.A Set of Six
- Also called: apsis a domed or vaulted semicircular or polygonal recess, esp at the east end of a church
- astronomy another name for apsis (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for apse
"semicircular extension at the end of a church," 1846, from Latin apsis "an arch, a vault," from Greek hapsis (Ionic apsis) "loop, arch," originally "a fastening, felloe of a wheel," from haptein "fasten together," of unknown origin. The original sense in Greek seems to have been the joining of the arcs to form a circle, especially in making a wheel. The architectural term is earlier attested in English in the Latin form (1706).