American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A part of a church divided laterally from the nave by a row of pillars or columns.
- n. A passageway between rows of seats, as in an auditorium or an airplane.
- n. A passageway for inside traffic, as in a department store, warehouse, or supermarket.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, a lateral subdivision of a church, parallel to the nave, choir, or transept, from which it is divided by piers or columns, and often surmounted by a gallery. The term is also improperly applied to the central or main division: as, a three-aisled church, that is, a church with a nave and two aisles. It is also used to designate the alleys or divisions of other structures, such as mosques, Egyptian temples, theaters, public halls, etc. As popularly applied to churches in which the nave and aisles proper are filled with pews, and in general to modern places of assembly, aisle denotes merely a passageway giving access to the seats: as, the center aisle and side aisles. Sometimes written isle. See figure showing ground-plan of a cathedral, under cathedral.
- In heraldry, winged or having wings.
- n. A wing of a building, notably in a church separated from the nave proper by piers.
- n. A clear path through rows of seating.
- n. A clear corridor in a supermarket with shelves on both sides containing goods for sale.
- n. Any path through an otherwise obstructed space.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A lateral division of a building, separated from the middle part, called the nave, by a row of columns or piers, which support the roof or an upper wall containing windows, called the clearstory wall.
- n. Improperly used also for the have; -- as in the phrases, a church with three
aisles, the middle aisle.
- n. Also (perhaps from confusion with
alley), a passage into which the pews of a church open.
- n. passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores
- n. a long narrow passage (as in a cave or woods)
- n. part of a church divided laterally from the nave proper by rows of pillars or columns
- Middle French aisle (Modern French aile) from Latin ala. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration (influenced by isle and French aile, wing) of Middle English ele, from Old French, wing of a building, from Latin āla. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It's not so much on the real rare, high-end comics or artwork but the bad economic news seems to be prompting a downturn in, as one of them put it, "the kind of merchandise that the guy across the aisle is also carrying.”
“Either way it goes, any real patriot can see that both sides of the aisle is the problem Neo-Cons and Libs.”
“The central "aisle" is devoted to "Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico," which in fact features masterworks from roughly 1400 to 400 BC, ranging from the massive stone portrait heads of rulers ...”
“Or, glad that one side of the aisle is still trying to make this country work.”
“In the blogosphere, the right side of the aisle is having a collective orgasm.”
“A stroll down a supermarket aisle is enlivened by signs such as this one:”
“We have someone actively trying to construct a narrative that one side of the political aisle is less honest than the other.”
“He said the only downside to working the toilet-seat aisle is customers so attached to their old models that they bring them along to make sure the replacement seat is identical.”
“And his willingness to work across the aisle is why I considered voting for him - until he chose Palin as his running mate.”
“But that isn't a sacrifice either side of the aisle is willing to make!”
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