Ultimately from (etyl) , via a Romance source.
(architecture) The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances.
* , chapter=5
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, […], down the nave
to the western door. […] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.}}
From (etyl) nafu, from (etyl) ).
A hub of a wheel.
* --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,
(obsolete) The navel.
* William Shakespeare, Macbeth , Act I, scene 1:
- And bowl the round nave down the hill of heaven...
- 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
From (etyl) pewe, from (etyl) .
One of the long benches in a church, seating several persons, usually fixed to the floor and facing the chancel.
An enclosed compartment in a church which provides seating for a group of people, often a prominent family.
* 2006 September 11, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Bush Mourns 9/11 at Ground Zero as N.Y. Remembers", [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/11/nyregion/nyregionspecial3/11bush.html]
- ''In many churches some pews are reserved for either clerical or liturgical officials such as canons, or for prominent families
Any structure shaped like a church pew, such as a stall, formerly used by money lenders, etc.; a box in a theatre; or a pen or sheepfold.
- At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, firefighters in dress blues and white gloves escorted families to the pews for a memorial service, led by Mr. Bloomberg, to honor the 343 Fire Department employees killed on 9/11.
- (Samuel Pepys)
* take a pew
To furnish with pews.
Possibly from (etyl) or a truncation of (putrid).
* P U,
Representative of the sound made by the of a machine gun.