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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 arms of the transept. It is common, however, to speak of the arms themselves as the transepts.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church; crosses the nave at right angles

Etymologies

New Latin trānsēptum : Latin trāns-, trans- + Latin saeptum, partition; see septum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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