• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piscina (Arch) A niche near the altar in a church, containing a small basin for rinsing altar vessels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n piscina A basin or tank, usually ornamental, as for a fountain or a bath; sometimes, a large shallow vase for ornamental fishes or aquatic plants; also, any tank or cistern of moderate size.
    • n piscina Eccles., a stone basin, in old churches generally established within a canopied niche placed close to the altar, used to receive the water in which the priest washes his hands before the celebration of the eucharist, and washes the chalice after the celebration. Now rarely used in the sanctuary, but often in sacristies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Piscina pis-ī′na a basin or tank, esp. one for holding fishes or for growing water-plants: a fish-pond:
    • n Piscina pis-ī′na (archit.) a basin or sink on the south side of the altar in old churches, into which is emptied water used in washing any of the sacred vessels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a certain, fishpond, fr. piscis, a fish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., a fish-pond, a cistern—piscis, a fish.


In literature:

The chapel is a small building that has retained its piscina and two niches for holding figures.
"Exeter" by Sidney Heath
Within this great recess there is, on the spectator's right, a small one, with side shafts, containing a piscina.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
If this piscina is original, it is a very fine specimen for so early a date.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
There are two or three piscinas in different parts of the church, and a sedilla near the altar.
"Notes and Queries, Number 196, July 30, 1853" by Various
In the chancel is a piscina of Early English date, together with a sedilia of the same period.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
THE NORTH-EAST TRANSEPT is the chapel of St. John Baptist, and contains a Decorated piscina.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
The sedilia and piscina are very fine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Mr. Hawker tells how the old piscina was found and reinstated.
"Nooks and Corners of Cornwall" by C. A. Dawson Scott
She cradled her son in the piscina and lived on charity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
She sat up in the piscina, stepped out of the water, and walked to the door.
"Ancient Manners" by Pierre Louys

In science:

For non-commutative noise the best order of convergence is attained (R¨umelin, 1982) with the Heun scheme (5.83) but also with the simpler Euler algorithm (5.86) or with the scheme of Ram´ırez-Piscina, Sancho and Hern´andezMachado (1993).
On the Statics and Dynamics of Magneto-Anisotropic Nanoparticles
Ram´ırez-Piscina, L., Sancho, J. M. and Hern´andez-Machado, A. (1993), Phys.
On the Statics and Dynamics of Magneto-Anisotropic Nanoparticles