any major transverse part of the body of a church, usually crossing the nave, at right angles, at the entrance to the choir.
an arm of this, on either side of the central aisle of a church.
- tran·sep·tal, adjective
- tran·sep·tal·ly, adverb
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How to use transept in a sentence
Passing round the south face of the transept, we come to the apsidal chapel attached to its eastern wall.
The Nave has seven bays, to the east of which is the transept, and beyond it the choir, which has three bays.
On the east side of the north arm of the transept a more elaborate arrangement of one of the arches may be seen.
The arch at the east end of the triforium on the south side, which opens out to the transept, is worthy of special notice.
At each end of the transept there are circular lights of condensed though pleasant proportions.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
British Dictionary definitions for transept
either of the two wings of a cruciform church at right angles to the nave
- transeptal, adjective
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