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Tabernacle

Definition of tabernacle:

part of speech: verb

To sojourn.

part of speech: noun

A small hut; the movable temple used by the Hebrews in the desert; any holy place.

part of speech: noun

A slightly constructed temporary habitation; especially, a tent or pavilion; " How goodly are thy tents. O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!" - Num. xxiv. 5; in Jewish antiq. a movable building, so contrived as to be taken to pieces with case and reconstructed, for the convenience of being carried during the wanderings of the Israelities in the wilderness. It was of a rectangular figure, 45 feet by 15, and 15 feet in height. The interior was divided into two rooms or compartments by a vail or curtain, and it was covered with four different spreads or carpets. The outer or larger compartment was called the holy place, being that in which incense was burned and the show- bread exhibited; and the inner the most holy place, or holy of holies, in which was deposited the ark of the covenant. It was situated in a court 150 feet by 75, surrounded by screens 7 1/ 2 feet high: a temple; a place of worship; a sacred place; specifically, the temple of Solomon. Ps. xv. 1: any small cell or repository in which holy or precious things are deposited, as an ornamented chest placed on Roman Catholic altars as a receptacle of the ciborium and pyx; or, a reliquary or small box for the presentation of relies and the like: the human frame; " Yea I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me." - 1 Pet. i. 13, 14: in Goth. arch, a canopied stall or niche; a cabinet or shrine ornamented with open- worked tracery, etc.; an arched canopy over a tomb; also, a tomb or monument: ( naut.) an elevated socket for a boat's mast, or a projecting post to which a mast may be hinged when it is fitted for lowering to pass beneath bridges.

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