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chancel


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chancel  \Chan"cel\,  n.  [OF.  chancel,  F.  chanceau  cancel,  fr  L. 
  cancelli  lattices,  crossbars.  (The  chancel  was  formerly 
  inclosed  with  lattices  or  crossbars)  See  {Cancel},  v.  t.] 
  (Arch.) 
  a  That  part  of  a  church,  reserved  for  the  use  of  the 
  clergy,  where  the  altar,  or  communion  table,  is  placed. 
  Hence  in  modern  use 
  b  All  that  part  of  a  cruciform  church  which  is  beyond  the 
  line  of  the  transept  farthest  from  the  main  front. 
 
  {Chancel  aisle}  (Arch.),  the  aisle  which  passes  on  either 
  side  of  or  around  the  chancel. 
 
  {Chancel  arch}  (Arch.),  the  arch  which  spans  the  main 
  opening,  leading  to  the  chancel. 
 
  {Chancel  casement},  the  principal  window  in  a  chancel. 
  --Tennyson. 
 
  {Chancel  table},  the  communion  table. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chancel 
  n  :  area  around  the  altar  of  a  church  for  the  clergy  and  choir; 
  often  enclosed  by  a  lattice  or  railing  [syn:  {sanctuary}, 
  {bema}] 




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