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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Main part of a church. The long central part of a church.

Usage examples (34)
  • The loud organ music soon drowned out the coughing of the people sitting in the nave.
  • The word nave comes from the Latin word for ship – hence our modern word naval, as in naval officer.
  • A long narrow nave is flanked by graceful arcades of beautifully-proportioned arches.
  • Above the central nave is Michelangelo's dome, 139 feet in diameter and 396 feet high. for more
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  • Windows cracked and chandeliers swayed as the thieving "knave" (a tricky, dishonest person) stole through the "nave" (central hall of a church).
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