• The Crypt, Rochester Cathedral
    The Crypt, Rochester Cathedral
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crypt a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Crypt, St. Gérêon's Crypt, St. Gérêon's

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only presidents buried together: John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams are in a basement crypt in Quincy, Mass.
    • Crypt (Anat) A simple gland, glandular cavity, or tube; a follicle; as, the crypts of Lieberkühn, the simple tubular glands of the small intestines.
    • Crypt A vault wholly or partly under ground; especially, a vault under a church, whether used for burial purposes or for a subterranean chapel or oratory. "Priesthood works out its task age after age, . . . treasuring in convents and crypts the few fossils of antique learning.""My knees are bowed in crypt and shrine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crypt A hidden or secret recess; a subterranean cell or cave, especially one constructed or used for the interment of bodies, as in the catacombs.
    • n crypt A part of an ecclesiastical building, as a cathedral, church, etc., below the chief floor, commonly set apart for monumental purposes, and sometimes used as a chapel or a shrine.
    • n crypt In anatomy, a follicle; a small simple tubular or saccular secretory pit; a small glandular cavity: as, a mucous crypt (a follicular secretory pit in mucous membrane). See follicle. Also crypta.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crypt kript an underground cell or chapel, esp. one used for burial
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. crypta, vault, crypt, Gr. kry`pth, fr. kry`ptein to hide. See Grot Grotto
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. crypta—Gr. kryptēkryptein, to conceal. Doublet of Grot.


In literature:

Should we go into the crypt or stay out here?
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Naturally the American soldiers followed this precedent and it was Marshal Joffre himself who led them to the crypt.
"The Story of General Pershing" by Everett T. (Everett Titsworth) Tomlinson
The crypt is a distinct and prominent feature of many German churches.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
The cathedral's crypt is one of its most peculiar features, and certainly well worth examining better than has been heretofore done.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
There was a little cell or crypt there, where he could safely remain till morning.
"St. Patrick's Eve" by Charles James Lever
These are placed in a well-shaped crypt, thirty feet deep, entered from two staircases, each of twenty marble steps.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
There is a good crypt here.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
The old man at the crypt-door asked, in a feeble voice, the cause of the weeping.
"Hungarian Sketches in Peace and War" by Mór Jókai
Rick thought that the crypt probably was dry when the objects were first placed in it.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
Silverius, Cethegus, and Rusticiana went together up the steps which led to the crypt of the basilica of St. Sebastian.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn

In poetry:

Yet in his holiest crypt
Treasuring the scroll,
Keeps the sweet manuscript
Fair as her soul.
"A Woman" by Thomas MacDonagh
In the dungeon crypts idly did I stray,
Reckless of the lives wasting there away;
"Draw the ponderous bars; open, Warder stern!"
He dare not say me nay–the hinges harshly turn.
"The Prisoner: Pt 1" by Emily Jane Bronte
And this is true of all the hearts that beat;
Though days be soft and summer pathways fair,
Be sure, while joyous glances round us meet,
The curtained crypt and vacant plinth are there.
"The Empty Niche" by John Boyle O Reilly
Who through the world's pantheon walked in his pride,
Setting new statues up, thrusting old ones aside,
And in fiction the pencils of history dipped,
To gild o'er or blacken each saint in his crypt,--
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Each in the crypt would cry
``But one freezes here! and why? ``When a heart, as chill,
``At my own would thrill
``Back to life, and its fires out-fly?
``Heart, shall we live or die?
``The rest. . . . settle by-and-by!''
"A Lovers' Quarrel" by Robert Browning
She came not. He sought her in churchyards old
That lay along the sea;
And in many a church, when the midnight tolled,
And the moon shone wondrously;
And down to the crypts he crept, grown bold;
But he waited in vain: ah me!
"The Homeless Ghost" by George MacDonald

In news:

Millions of tourists have strolled Via Veneto oblivious to the fact that the remains of more than 4,000 Capuchin monks are carefully arranged in six crypts under a church on the street.
In a recent interview with Guitar World, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett mentioned he would be unveiling a brand new book at his Kirk's Crypt tent at this weekend's Orion Music + More festival.
Crypt Master Chiller Chucky, owner of Fright Haven, West Haven, Conn.
Detail of a crypt window.
The second phase of the expansion calls for nearly a dozen open-air garden mausoleums with room for an estimated 1,200 crypts and another 1,200 niches, Lazaroski said.
The mausoleum is large enough for more than 1,650 crypts and 240 niche spaces for cremation urns, according to the diocese.
Crypts for full-sized caskets and urns planned at Marco Island Cemetery.
Elvis Presley's Crypt Headed to Auction: Suckers Who Believe He's Dead To Overpay .
Tiffany Glass and Other Tales From the Crypt.
Celtic Frost Into Crypt Of rays Morbid Tales.
If you're going to lift a band's sound - vocals, riffs, horns and all - you could certainly choose worse than Rocket From the Crypt.
Fire and police officials were called at about 9:15 pm to the Kim's Crypt Haunted Attractions in the 400 block of Eastern Avenue where a patron knocked over a small jar containing formaldehyde, police said.
Herewith is a tale from the crypt.
Hurricane Isaac and its 15 of storm surge decimated that cemetery and floated caskets and crypts at least a quarter mile.
Caskets and crypts lined stretches of the Louisiana 39 levee, along with seemingly every household item and appliance known to man.

In science:

Marsaglia, “Random numbers for C: The END?.” Published on sci.crypt, 1999.
Efficient pseudo-random number generators for biomolecular simulations on graphics processors
The four most popular options according to Ref. 15 are the following: NIST suite of statistical tests, the DIEHARD suite of statistical tests, the Crypt-XS suite of statistical tests and the Donald Knuth’s statistical test set.
Improvement and analysis of a pseudo random bit generator by means of cellular automata
Monte Carlo simulations of the number of stem cells in human colon crypts allow for fluctuations which kill the population after sufficiently long times.
Simulation of stem cell survival in small crypts
Experiments and computer simulations [1, 2] have elucidated the fate of stem cells and of maturing cells within small crypts in the human colon.
Simulation of stem cell survival in small crypts
From that moment on the crypt remains without stem cells, and after several iterations also the remaining maturing cells will have reached their life span, causing the whole crypt to die.
Simulation of stem cell survival in small crypts