Definition of Tabernacle

1. Noun. The Mormon temple.

Exact synonyms: Mormon Tabernacle
Generic synonyms: Temple
Group relationships: Beehive State, Mormon State, Ut, Utah

2. Noun. (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus.
Terms within: Holy Of Holies, Sanctum Sanctorum
Generic synonyms: Sanctuary
Category relationships: Judaism

3. Noun. (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation.
Exact synonyms: Synagogue, Temple
Generic synonyms: House Of God, House Of Prayer, House Of Worship, Place Of Worship
Specialized synonyms: Temple Of Jerusalem, Temple Of Solomon
Category relationships: Judaism

Definition of Tabernacle

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

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

Definition of Tabernacle

1. Noun. a case on the altar of a church that contains the consecrated host and wine for the Eucharist ¹

2. Noun. the portable place of worship in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant described in the book of Exodus ¹

3. Noun. any temporary dwelling, a hut, tent, booth. ¹

4. Noun. ''(Old Testament)'' The portable tent used before the construction of the temple, where the shekinah (presence of God) was believed to dwell. ¹

5. Noun. transferred to the Jewish Temple at Jerusalem as continuing the functions of the earlier tabernacle ¹

6. Noun. Any portable shrine used in heathen or idolatrous worship ¹

7. Noun. A sukkah, the booth or 'tabernacle' used during the Jewish Feast of Sukkot. ¹

8. Noun. A small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist, normally located in an especially prominent place in a Roman Catholic church. ¹

9. Noun. (American English) A temporary place of worship, especially a tent, for a tent meeting, as with a venue for revival meetings. ¹

10. Noun. (figuratively) of any abode or dwelling place, especially of the human body as the temporary dwelling place of the soul, or life ¹

11. Noun. (nautical) A hinged device allowing for the easy folding of a mast 90 degrees from perpendicular, as for transporting the boat on a trailer, or passing under a bridge. ¹

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Definition of Tabernacle

1. [v -CLED, -CLING, -CLES]

Medical Definition of Tabernacle

1. 1. A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent. "Dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob." (Heb. Xi. 9) "Orange trees planted in the ground, and secured in winter with a wooden tabernacle and stoves." (Evelyn) 2. 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. (Ex. Xxvi) 3. Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship. 4. Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of the soul. "Shortly I must put off this my tabernacle." (2 Pet. I. 14) 5. Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept. Specifically: The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable. A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture. Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a partially architectural character, as a solid frame resting on a bracket, or the like. A tryptich for sacred imagery. A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy. 6. A boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc. Feast of Tabernacles, one of the three principal festivals of the Jews, lasting seven days, during which the people dwelt in booths formed of the boughs of trees, in commemoration of the habitation of their ancestors in similar dwellings during their pilgrimage in the wilderness. Tabernacle work, rich canopy work like that over the head of niches, used over seats or stalls, or over sepulchral monuments. Origin: F, fr. L. Tabernaculum, dim. Of taberna nut. See Tabern. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tabernacle

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Literary usage of Tabernacle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament by George V. Wigram (1866)
"the tabernacle q/the tabernacle, 30. to the door of the tabernacle 39:38. the ... (at) the door o/the tabernacle 33. And ye shall not go out of the door 35. ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"That the tabernacle of Ex. xxv. sqq. was imagined after the model of the ... The conclusion is warranted that a " tabernacle " as a protection for the ark ..."

3. Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Smith, Horatio Balch Hackett, Ezra Abbot (1872)
"The tabernacle accompanied the Israelites in all their wanderings, ... G'l and prepared a tabernacle for it in the new city which he called after his own ..."

4. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1825)
"The tabernacle, which in time gave place to 2. The Temple, both of which are oftentimes in Scripture called the sanctuary; between which there was no other ..."

5. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by American Committee of Revision (1881)
"For there was a tabernacle prepared, the first, wherein 'were the candlestick, and the table, and !the shewbread; which is called the Holy place. ..."

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