American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The transverse part of a cruciform church, crossing the nave at right angles.
- n. Either of the two lateral arms of such a part.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, the transverse arm of a cruciform church; technically, one of the two subdivisions of this arm, one on each side of the body of the church, generally described as the north or the south transept. Some medieval churches, particularly in England, have two transepts, as shown in the cut. See plans under basilica, cathedral, and squint.
- n. architecture The transversal part of a church, which crosses at right angles to the greatest length, and between the nave and choir. In the basilicas, this had often no projection at its two ends. In Gothic churches these project greatly, and should be called the arms of the transept. It is common, however, to speak of the arms themselves as the transepts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) The transversal part of a church, which crosses at right angles to the greatest length, and between the nave and choir. In the basilicas, this had often no projection at its two ends. In Gothic churches these project these project greatly, and should be called the
armsof the transept. It is common, however, to speak of the arms themselves as the transepts.
- n. structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church; crosses the nave at right angles
- New Latin trānsēptum : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin saeptum, partition; see septum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Descending to the church, the Pope proceeds to the northern transept, which is fitted up for the occasion.”
“In respect to the latter we would like to investigate whether the form of the building, namely a transept-basilica, corresponds to a martyrium, housing the relics of a saint.”
“Covering the foundations and bedrock in the northern part of the transept was a floor of limestone slabs laid in a bed of mortar, some of them still present in the northwest and southeast corners of the space.”
“To the east of the transept is a choir of two bays, with aisles, and beyond which is an aisleless presbytery.”
“Under the northern arch on the east side of the transept is the curious sarcophagus tomb of Bishop Lowe, who died in 1467.”
“In the corner between the south aisle and the transept is the”
“The subject of the one nearest to the transept is the "Raising of Lazarus," and of the other,”
“The parapet on the south is of the same character and date as that over the wall of the choir, but earlier than that above the south window of the transept, which is of the same date as that on the south wall of the nave.”
“Projecting eastwards from the transept is the square chapel (now a vestry), which took the place of the early apsidal one.”
“Above each angle of the transept is a turret, octagonal in form.”
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