nave
Pronunciation Noun

nave (plural naves)

  1. (architecture) The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances.
Translations Noun

nave (plural naves)

  1. A hub of a wheel.
    • 1599-1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2
      'Out, out, thou strumpet Fortune! All you gods,
      In general synod take away her power;
      Break all the spokes and fellies from her wheel,
      And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven...
  2. (obsolete) The navel.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act I, scene 1:
      Till he faced the slave; / Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, / Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps, / And fix'd his head upon our battlements
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Nave
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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