from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical A stone basin with a drain for carrying away the water used in ceremonial ablutions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A drained basin near a church's altar for the disposal of water from liturgical ablutions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A niche near the altar in a church, containing a small basin for rinsing altar vessels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A basin or tank, usually ornamental, as for a fountain or a bath; sometimes, a large shallow vase for ornamental fishes or aquatic plants; also, any tank or cistern of moderate size.
- n. Eccles., a stone basin, in old churches generally established within a canopied niche placed close to the altar, used to receive the water in which the priest washes his hands before the celebration of the eucharist, and washes the chalice after the celebration. Now rarely used in the sanctuary, but often in sacristies.
She passed over a large square opening and wondered if it could be a fish tank, what the ancients called a piscina.
On the large tablet above the piscina is a punning motto, _Temperantia te Temperatrice_, the person commemorated being Richard Tryce, 1767.
The overflow from the octagonal basin passes into a long narrow piscina, which is entered by steps at either end.
On the south we see the piscina, which is contained in a beautifully carved niche -- a hollow basin with a stone drain, wherein the priest washed his hands before consecrating the elements, and poured the water from the rinsed chalice.
In the hollow of what I have called the piscina (though it proved to be a magic seat) lay an offering of green cocoa-nuts; and when you looked up you found the boughs of the tree to be laden with strange fruit: palm-branches elaborately plaited, and beautiful models of canoes, finished and rigged to the least detail.
Sometimes a piscina was a subsequent addition to a structure of early date, as in the old and now demolished church of Stretton-upon-Dunsmore,
En le ano 1955, estavamos viviendo en Barranquilla, pues como ninos, nos gustava la piscina en la terraza, que tenia por supuesto la salidad del agua a los quatro lados, y salian de las bocas de structuras de leones.
Todo lo que teniamos que hacer era cerrar una, o dos de las salidas y la piscina se incrementaba.
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