from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The top, or a portion of the top, of a Christian altar; the altar proper, or mensa.


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  • Sunrise glowed red as I climbed along the gorge, when I reached the grove, I saw the altar-slab all scattered with brightness, like the harper's robe.

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  • Here also are the remains of St. Juliet's chapel, with its altar-slab and stone benches.

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  • The late Norman chancel, the plain circular font of the same period, and the massive altar-slab in the chapel, enclosed by wooden screens on the north side, are the most notable features.


  • In the consecration of an altar, also, crosses are to be marked in chrism upon the altar-slab with almost the same form of words as that used for the walls.

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  • The marble of the box was taken from the altar-slab in the chapel of the Bastile, and in the middle, in gold relief, was a picture of King Louis.

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  • Prosper watched her spread a white cloth upon the altar-slab, and set a Mass-book upon a stand; he saw her go and return with two lighted tapers for the sockets, he saw a silver crucifix shine between them.

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  • He would have turned an altar-slab into a hall-table, or made a cupboard of

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