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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. après,
  2. après moi le déluge,
  3. après-midi d'un faune, l',
  4. après-ski,
  5. apsaras,
  6. apsidal,
  7. apsidal motion,
  8. apsides,
  9. apsidiole,
  10. apsis

Origin of apse

First recorded in 1815–25; variant of apsis

Related formsap·si·dal [ap-si-dl] /ˈæp sɪ dl/, adjectiveap·si·dal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for apsidal

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noun

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)
Derived Formsapsidal (æpˈsaɪdəl, ˈæpsɪdəl), adjective

Word Origin for apse

C19: from Latin apsis, from Greek: a fitting together, arch, from haptein to fasten

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Word Origin and History for apsidal

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n.

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper