(n.) A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent.
(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.) Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship.
(n.) Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of the soul.
(n.) Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept.
(n.) The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable.
(n.) A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture.
(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 tryptich for sacred imagery.
(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.
(v. i.) To dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed.