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

  • n. The portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant through the desert.
  • n. A case or box on a church altar containing the consecrated host and wine of the Eucharist.
  • n. A place of worship.
  • n. A niche for a statue or relic.
  • n. Nautical A boxlike support in which the heel of a mast is stepped.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any temporary dwelling, a hut, tent, booth.
  • n. The portable tent used before the construction of the temple, where the shekinah (presence of God) was believed to dwell.
  • n. transferred to the Jewish Temple at Jerusalem as continuing the functions of the earlier tabernacle
  • n. Any portable shrine used in heathen or idolatrous worship
  • n. A sukkah, the booth or 'tabernacle' used during the Jewish Feast of Sukkot.
  • n. A small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist, normally located in an especially prominent place in a Roman Catholic church.
  • n. A temporary place of worship, especially a tent, for a tent meeting, as with a venue for revival meetings.
  • n. of any abode or dwelling place, especially of the human body as the temporary dwelling place of the soul, or life
  • n. A hinged device allowing for the easy folding of a mast 90 degrees from perpendicular, as for transporting the boat on a trailer, or passing under a bridge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent.
  • n. A portable structure of wooden framework covered with curtains, which was carried through the wilderness in the Israelitish exodus, as a place of sacrifice and worship.
  • n. Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship.
  • n. Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of the soul.
  • n. Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept.
  • n. The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable.
  • n. A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture.
  • n. Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a partially architectural character, as a solid frame resting on a bracket, or the like.
  • n. A tryptich for sacred imagery.
  • n. A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy.
  • n. A boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc.
  • intransitive v. To dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tent; a pavilion; a booth; a slightly constructed habitation or shelter, either fixed or movable; hence, a habitation in general, especially one regarded as temporary; a place of sojourn; a transient abode.
  • n. In Biblical phraseology, the human frame as the temporary abode of the soul, or of man as a spiritual immortal being.
  • n. In Jewish hist., a tent constructed to serve as the portable sanctuary of the nation before its final settlement in Palestine.
  • n. Hence A place or house of worship; especially, in modern use, an edifice for public worship designed for a large audience: often now the distinctive name assumed for such an edifice.
  • n. A receptacle for the reserved eucharist; especially, a constructional receptacle for this purpose, containing the pyx.
  • n. In medieval architecture, a canopied stall, niche, or pinnacle; a cabinet or shrine ornamented with openwork tracery, etc.; an arched canopy over a tomb, an altar, etc.
  • n. Nautical, an elevated socket for a river-boat's mast, or a projecting post to which a mast may be hinged when fitted for lowering to pass beneath bridges.
  • To sojourn or abide for a time; take up a temporary habitation or residence.

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

  • n. the Mormon temple
  • n. (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
  • n. (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin tabernāculum, from Latin, tent, diminutive of taberna, hut; see tavern.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English from the 14th century, from Old French, from Latin tabernaculum ("tent, booth, shed"), the diminutive of taberna ("hut, shed") (Wiktionary)

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  • also: the support for the bottom of a mast on a yacht

    March 27, 2008