- 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 apsidal
Historical Examples of apsidal
The churches are usually small, and have an apsidal east end.
In Germany, however, apsidal transepts (Fig. 178) were built.
Further, the chancel at Bradford is rectangular, not apsidal.The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church
A. Hamilton Thompson
Assuming that the choir was not apsidal but square, we get the same result.Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys
Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
These are all apsidal, but planned in the usual way and not as at the Frari.Brick and Marble in the Middle Ages
George Edmund Street
- 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 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).