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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aisle  \Aisle\,  n.  [OF.  ele,  F.  aile,  wing,  wing  of  a  building, 
  L.  ala,  contr.  fr  axilla.]  (Arch.) 
  a  A  lateral  division  of  a  building,  separated  from  the 
  middle  part  called  the  nave,  by  a  row  of  columns  or 
  piers,  which  support  the  roof  or  an  upper  wall 
  containing  windows,  called  the  clearstory  wall. 
  b  Improperly  used  also  for  the  have  --  as  in  the 
  phrases,  a  church  with  three  aisles,  the  middle  aisle. 
  c  Also  (perhaps  from  confusion  with  alley),  a  passage 
  into  which  the  pews  of  a  church  open 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aisle 
  n  1:  a  long  narrow  passage  (as  in  a  cave  or  woods) 
  2:  passageway  between  seating  areas  as  in  an  auditorium  or 
  passenger  vehicle  or  between  areas  of  shelves  of  goods  as 
  in  stores  [syn:  {gangway}] 
  3:  part  of  a  church  divided  laterally  from  the  nave  proper  by 
  rows  of  pillars  or  columns 




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