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(v. i.) To dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed.


(n.) A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy.


(n.) A boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc.


(n.) A portable structure of wooden framework covered with curtains, which was carried through the wilderness in the Israelitish exodus, as a place of sacrifice and worship.


(n.) A tryptich for sacred imagery.


(n.) Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a partially architectural character, as a solid frame resting on a bracket, or the like.


(n.) A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture.


(n.) The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable.


(n.) Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept.


(n.) Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of the soul.


(n.) Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship.


(n.) A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent.

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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Tabernacle'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. 1828.

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