from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. warming
- n. A room in a monastery that was kept warm and used as a sitting room
- n. A warming pan, or similar device used by a priest to warm his hands
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Making hot; producing or communicating heat.
- n. An apartment in a monastery, warmed and used as a sitting room.
- n. A hollow sphere of metal, filled with hot water, or a chafing dish, placed on the altar in cold weather for the priest to warm his hands with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as calefactive.
- n. A chamber, provided with a fireplace or stove, used as a withdrawing-room by monks, and generally adjoining the refectory. It is very often a portion of the substructure of the dormitory.
- n. A chafing-dish of silver or other metal, to contain burning charcoal, placed upon the altar in cold weather.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. serving to heat
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Leading out of it is the ancient "calefactory," where the fire for the censers and thuribles was preserved.
"calefactory," heated by flues, or in which a fire was kept up, where the monks might retire occasionally to warm themselves, was provided in English monasteries.
The festival went down Saturday within the calefactory confines of Coney Island.
In the more carefully constructed monasteries this apartment was so placed as to adjoin the calefactory, which allowed the introduction of hot air, when needed.
The walls of the church, with one tower, still stand, and there are very substantial remains of the chapter house, cloister, refectory, and calefactory.
To these may be added the calefactory, the parlour, or locutorium, the almonry, and the offices of the obedientiaries; but these additional buildings fitted into the general plan where they best might, and their disposition differed somewhat in the various monasteries.
East of the cloister garth — 100 feet square — stands the calefactory, its vaulted roof upheld by two pillars; this long served for a
Cistercian arrangement, with the cloister south of the church, and grouped round it the chapter-house, calefactory, refectory, and other loca regularia.
When this was over, after a further short interval the evening reading or Collation took place in the chapter-house, after which the monks were at liberty to go and warm themselves at the one great fire kept up for the purpose in the calefactory; and then compline was sung, followed by Our Lady's Anthem.
There were the infirmary and the hospital; the calefactory or warming apparatus, the recreation hall and the winter hall, the locutorium and the common hall, and I know not what besides.