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noun 
  1. A semicircular projection from a building, especially the rounded east-end of a church that contains the altar.
  2. (astronomy, obsolete) The nearest and furthest points to the centre of gravitational attraction for a body in orbit. More usually called an apsis.
  3. (obsolete, or, dialectal) In some local dialects and in archaic usage, an aspen tree.
Translations: 
  • French: abside (1)
  • German: Apsis
  • Italian: abside (1)
  • Spanish: í¡bside (1), í¡bsida (1), í¡pside (1)
Etymology: 
  • From the Latin apsis; from the Greek ', (h)apsis, from the verb ', haptein, meaning 'to fasten'.



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