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

  • adj. Of or relating to an apse.
  • adj. Of or relating to an apsis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or in the form of an apse
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the apsides

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the apsides of an orbit.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the apse of a church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In astronomy, pertaining to the apsides. See apsis.
  • In architecture, of or relating to an apse; of the nature or form of an apse; terminating in an apse.
  • An apse-chapel.

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

  • adj. of or relating to an apse


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  • This kind of apsidal (or elsewhere even oval structures) houses ideal for thatched roofs were especially quite common during the Geometric Period (e.g. in the oldest Greek colonies at Old-Smyrna, Miletos, Ephesos; in many sanctuaries or houses on the Greek mainland, such as at Eretria, Perachora, etc).

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Tepe Duzen Report 2

  • Already on the second day we discovered in the topsoil a kind of apsidal wall, suggesting that Room IL was a twin of the apsidal reception/dining hall L on the upper floor of Room XLVI.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Urban Mansion Report 2

  • It is filled with all manner of recondite symbolism and extravagant touches, such as a great organ, a choir organ split up between the two towers, and at least eight or nine lesser organs placed over the entrances to the apsidal and even the nave chapels.

    W. Halsey Wood's Jerusalem the Golden

  • Additional options include erecting a sizable ornamental canopy or baldachin over the tabernacle, or setting the tabernacle within the apsidal wall or against the backdrop of a decorated reredos.

    Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend: "Concerning the Central Placement and Noble Design of Tabernacles..."

  • Special details within the church render it unique including the fifth century mosaics of the central nave, the triumphal arch dating back to the pontificate of Pope Sixtus III (432-440) and the apsidal mosaic executed by the Franciscan friar Jacopo Torriti at the order of Pope Nicholas IV (1288-1292).

    The Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

  • The oratory is a single apsidal room frescoed with two separate images of 40 martyrs put to death by the Emperor Diocletian, who in the 3rd century AD had them killed by throwing them into a frozen lake while preparing a hot bath on the shore as a temptation to them.

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  • (To illustrate, if the apsidal angle is 180 degrees, as in a Keplerian ellipse, then the exponent in the force law is -2, and if the apsidal angle is 90 degrees, as in an ellipse for which the force center is in the center, the exponent is +1.)

    Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica

  • Thus, from the combined effects of the ecclesiastical lancet lights and the apsidal shape of the room, it occurred to Christopher that the sisters were all a delightful set of pretty saints, exhibiting themselves in a lady chapel, and backed up by unkempt major prophets, as represented by the forms of their big brothers.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • On Thursday, the last day of our first excavation week at Düzen, the team identified a dump, outside of the apsidal buildings of Phase 1 and 2 (it is as yet unclear whether this pit related to Phase 3 or 4), which contained quite some bone fragments (sheep, goat, and cattle according to our archaeozoologist Bea De Cupere) and lots of pottery, including several rims, handle fragments and bases.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Tepe Duzen Report 2

  • A burnt area found outside the apsidal wall of the building of Phase 2, but set within the area contained by an older wall (Phase 3), may be a hearth, but no structural elements (such as stones encircling the fire place) remain.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Tepe Duzen Report 2


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