One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘Just as daylight plays a central role in the nave, so does sound.’
- ‘In the nave, the congregation receives light from large openings to the north, and smaller ones on the south side.’
- ‘Back then it was known as St. Mary's, and consisted of no more than a simple rectangular nave and chancel.’
- ‘Internally, the building is divided into a nave, transepts and side aisles composed of ornamental cast-iron columns and girders.’
- ‘The church is later English; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower.’
- ‘The aisles and nave of the church are connected by arches which are held up by 18 imposing stone pillars made from well chiselled limestone.’
- ‘During the seventeenth century heraldic windows adorned the naves of Dutch Reform churches, a custom dating back several centuries in the Netherlands.’
- ‘Traditional elements include three naves, a circular window above the central entrance, and the highly ornamented tower.’
- ‘The entrance itself was arched high like the gates to a church nave.’
- ‘In a gothic cathedral, the nave is flanked by aisles which run parallel to it.’
- ‘The nave of the church still stood and displayed amazingly beautiful carvings of animals and humans, though all had been worn down by the ravages of time and weather.’
- ‘The chancel and nave of the church date back to the 12th century, but it is also believed a Saxon church once stood there before and a Roman building before this.’
- ‘Built in 1923, the building featured a square nave with two small blocks to the east and west.’
- ‘A temporary roof and ceiling were added to the nave and the chancel and much of the furniture and fittings of the old Cathedral were used to maintain links with the past.’
- ‘The plan of the church is essentially traditional with nave, altar, side chapel and confessional booths.’
- ‘As one enters the nave of the church there is a paving stone in which you can see the imprint of a foot.’
- ‘The nave of the church could not hold the thousand people who came, and arrangements were made to broadcast the service into other rooms.’
- ‘In the nave of the church, over the spot where St. Peter is buried, Bernini's High Altar soars to a height of 29 metres.’
- ‘There was also a nave with aisles and galleries and a particularly fine church organ.’
- ‘Jenkins, too, seems to spend so much time in the nave of the church that he is often oblivious to what is happening in the apse.’
Late 17th century: from Latin navis ‘ship’.
The hub of a wheel.
- ‘The pot was thrown on a disc or small platform fixed to the centre or nave of the wheel.’
Old English nafu, nafa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naaf and German Nabe, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit nābhis ‘nave, navel’. Compare with navel.
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