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nave

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Definition the central area of a church
  • The interior was small—tiny when compared with St. Peter's—with a short nave under a low vault.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • As they proceeded down the seemingly endless nave, his eyes darted about behind their obscuring mask.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • "You are very friendly towards me," said K., as they walked up and down beside each other in the darkness of one of the side naves.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • Then down the nave he saw Miss Schlegel and her brother.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • When the boys entered the basilica, lights in the nave came on and the organ gently played the notes of the "Guadalupe Hymn."
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Pews fell, hymnals flew, and a silver Communion set cruised silently across the vaulted darkness of the nave to crash into the far wall.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Newman went into the little nave and of course found a deeper dusk than without.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • On Monday morning, instead of sitting in first-period bio, Emily stood next to her parents in the high-ceilinged, marble-floored nave of Rosewood Abbey.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • He moved through the Great Crossing, down the nave toward the narthex and the front doors.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Wearing their infrared goggles, they fanned out across the nave, swinging their detectors before them.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • They flew down the length of the nave, turned sharply, and disappeared through a doorway.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The candles on the high altar had been extinguished but the fragrance of incense still floated down the dim nave.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The hall glowed like a cathedral nave at Eastertide.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Well, this is the nave, where the pews are.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The eyes of Porthos were furtively cast upon this lady, and then roved about at large over the nave.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Once in, I paid little attention to the architecture, although I knew the terms: clerestories and naves were things I'd written papers about.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • At the far end of the nave the altar loomed out of the shadows, laden with white flowers.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • The elevator doors opened onto the nave of the cathedral, alive with the dancing light of candles.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Would not this nave of a wheel have his ears cut off?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Rows of granite pews, dappledwith different colors, extending all the way to the far-off entrance to the nave.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance

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