from The Century Dictionary.
- In the usual position of a church-altar, that is, with ends toward the north and south and front toward the west.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adverb In the proper position of an altar, that is, at the east of a church with its ends towards the north and south.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Placed in the manner of an
altar, against the easternwall of the chancelwith the longer side parallelto that wall.
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They were still kneeling altarwise; their profiles turned from her.
The holy table was removed from the centre, and set altarwise against the eastern wall, with a cloth of arras behind it, on which was embroidered the history of the Last Supper.
With this view commissioners were sent in January 1641 into every county "for the defacing, demolishing, and quite taking away of all images, altars, or tables turned altarwise, crucifixes, superstitious pictures, monuments, and reliques of idolatry out of all churches and chapels."
The table stands in the body of the church in some places, in others it stands in the chancel; in some places the table stands altarwise, distant from the wall a yard, in others in the middle of the chancel, north and south.
In the same paper the communion table is noticed as standing in the body of the church in some places, in others standing in the chancel; in some places standing altarwise, distant from the wall a yard, in others in the middle of the chancel, north and south; in some places _the table was joined, in others it stood upon tressels_; in some the table had a carpet, in others none.
Being of the vestry in the afternoone, we order’d that the communion table should be set as usual altarwise, with a decent raile in front, as before the rebellion.”