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narthex Tweet Definition of narthex Like Definition of narthex on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) A western vestibule leading to the nave in some (especially Orthodox) Christian churches.
    • 1942: we were in the antechamber, called the , which runs across the front of any Byzantine church " Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 637)
nave Tweet Definition of nave Like Definition of nave on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances.
neck Tweet Definition of neck Like Definition of neck on Facebook
noun
  1. the part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals
  2. the part of a shirt, dress, etc., which fits a person's .
  3. the tapered part of a bottle toward the opening
  4. (music) the extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted
verb
  1. To make out; to snog; to intently kiss or cuddle.
''Alan and Betty were necking in the back of a car when Betty's dad caught them.
neoclassicism Tweet Definition of neoclassicism Like Definition of neoclassicism on Facebook
noun
  1. any of several movements in the arts, architecture, literature and music that revived forms from earlier centuries
niche Tweet Definition of niche Like Definition of niche on Facebook
noun
  1. a cavity, hollow, or recess, generally within the thickness of a wall, for a statue, bust, or other erect ornament. Hence, any similar position, literal or figurative.
"Images defended from the injuries of the weather by niches of stone wherein they are placed." --Evelun.
  1. (biology): A function within an ecological system to which an organism is especially suited.
  2. (context, by extension) Any position of opportunity for which one is well-suited, such as a particular market in business.
  3. An arrow woven into a muslim prayer rug pointing in the direction of Mecca
Norman Tweet Definition of Norman Like Definition of Norman on Facebook
noun
  1. A person whose ancestors are from Normandy or who resides in Normandy.
  2. A member of the mixed Scandinavian and Frankish peoples who in the 11th century were a major military power in Western Europe and who conquered the English in 1066.
  3. (rare) A Northman.
proper noun
  1. The langue d'ol variant, closely related to the French of "Ile de France" (i.e. Paris), spoken in Normandy and the Channel Islands, which influenced the development of Quebec French (until the mid 20th century), and was for several centuries the ruling language of England (see Anglo-Norman).
  2. (given name, male)
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to Normandy or its inhabitants (present or past).
  2. Relating to the Norman language.
vocabulary
  1. (rare) Referring to the dialect of French spoken there.
  2. Relating to the Romanesque architecture developed by the Normans after the Norman Conquest, characterized by large arches and heavy columns.
nulling Tweet Definition of nulling Like Definition of nulling on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, null)
nymphaeum Tweet Definition of nymphaeum Like Definition of nymphaeum on Facebook
noun (pluralnymphaea)
  1. An ancient Greek or Roman shrine consecrated to water nymphs, often with a fountain.

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