• WordNet 3.6
    • n tabernacle (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
    • n Tabernacle (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus
    • n Tabernacle the Mormon temple
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tabernacle (Naut) A boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc.
    • Tabernacle A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture.
    • Tabernacle (Jewish Antiq) 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.
    • Tabernacle A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy.
    • Tabernacle A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent. "Dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob.""Orange trees planted in the ground, and secured in winter with a wooden tabernacle and stoves."
    • Tabernacle A tryptich for sacred imagery.
    • Tabernacle Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept.
    • Tabernacle Figuratively: The human body, as the temporary abode of the soul. "Shortly I must put off this my tabernacle ."
    • Tabernacle Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a partially architectural character, as a solid frame resting on a bracket, or the like.
    • Tabernacle Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship.
    • Tabernacle The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable.
    • v. i Tabernacle To dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed. "He assumed our nature, and tabernacled among us in the flesh."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tabernacle A tent; a pavilion; a booth; a slightly constructed habitation or shelter, either fixed or movable; hence, a habitation in general, especially one regarded as temporary; a place of sojourn; a transient abode.
    • n tabernacle In Biblical phraseology, the human frame as the temporary abode of the soul, or of man as a spiritual immortal being.
    • n tabernacle In Jewish hist., a tent constructed to serve as the portable sanctuary of the nation before its final settlement in Palestine. This “tabernacle of the congregation” is fully described in Ex. xxv.-xxvii. and xxxvi.-xxxviii. It comprised, besides the tent, an inclosure or yard, in which were the altar of burnt-offerings and the laver. The tabernacle proper was a tent divided into two chambers by a veil—the inner chamber, or holy of holies, containing the ark of the covenant and the mercy-seat, and the outer chamber the altar of incense, the table of showbread, and the golden candlestick. The tabernacle was of a rectangular figure 45 feet by 15, and 15 feet in height. The court or yard was 150 feet in length by 75 feet, and surrounded by screens 7½ feet high. The people pitched round the tabernacle by tribes in a fixed order during their wanderings, and the pillar of cloud and of fire, denoting Jehovah's presence, rested upon it or was lifted from it according as they were to remain stationary or were to go forward. After the arrival in the promised land it was set up in various places, especially at Shiloh, but gradually lost its exclusive character as the center of national worship before the building of Solomon's temple, in which its contents were eventually placed.
    • n tabernacle Hence A place or house of worship; especially, in modern use, an edifice for public worship designed for a large audience: often now the distinctive name assumed for such an edifice.
    • n tabernacle A receptacle for the reserved eucharist; especially, a constructional receptacle for this purpose, containing the pyx. The tabernacle, as now commonly seen in Roman Catholic churches, is a recess with a door, placed over and behind the high altar or one of the side altars, usually having over it a cross or crucifix with a design in relief, the whole surmounted by a canopy. In earlier times a movable ark, or usually a suspended dove (columba) or a tower, held the eucharist or the vessel containing it. In England the general medieval custom was to place the sacrament in an ambry on one side of the sanctuary or in the sacristry. The tabernacle is a later development of the ark or ambry as a permanent construction over the high altar and surmounted by a canopy or ciborium, often in the spire-like shape developed from the older tower; hence the name tabernacle is often given especially to this canopy or to canopies of similar appearance.
    • n tabernacle In medieval architecture, a canopied stall, niche, or pinnacle; a cabinet or shrine ornamented with openwork tracery, etc.; an arched canopy over a tomb, an altar, etc.
    • n tabernacle Nautical, an elevated socket for a river-boat's mast, or a projecting post to which a mast may be hinged when fitted for lowering to pass beneath bridges.
    • tabernacle To sojourn or abide for a time; take up a temporary habitation or residence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tabernacle tab′ėr-na-kl (B.) the movable tent carried by the Jews through the desert, and used as a temple: a tent: the human body as the temporary abode of the soul: a place of worship or sacred place:
    • v.i Tabernacle to dwell: to abide for a time
    • n Tabernacle tab′ėr-na-kl (R.C.) the place in which the consecrated elements of the Eucharist are kept: a socket permitting a mast to be lowered beneath bridges
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “Drab Habitation of Whom? Tabernacle or Tomb -- or Dome of Worm -- or Porch of Gnome -- or some Elf's Catacomb?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. tabernaculum, dim. of taberna, nut. See Tabern
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tabernaculum, double dim. of taberna, a hut, shed of boards.


In literature:

Belle thanked me, shook me by the hand, and then went to her own tabernacle, and I returned to mine.
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
Edwin himself seemed no tabernacle for that singular flame.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Broadway Tabernacle Ch., Adl.
"American Missionary - Volume 50, No. 2, February, 1896" by Various
Dr. J.P. Thompson, long-beloved pastor of the Broadway Tabernacle Church, New York.
"In and Around Berlin" by Minerva Brace Norton
A fourth woman had come out from the depths of the tabernacle.
"Luna Benamor" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Broadway Tabernacle, "A Friend," 50; Broadway Tabernacle Ch., adl.
"American Missionary - Volume 50, No. 3, March, 1896" by Various
There certainly was need of a Tabernacle in that quarter, for the poverty and wickedness were very dreadful.
"Shawl-Straps" by Louisa M. Alcott
Near the turnpike stood a small white church, the Tabernacle church.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
But these blessings were not due to the sacrifices of the tabernacle or the temple, however divinely ordered.
"Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews" by Handley C.G. Moule
The Decorated canopy is in two parts, viz., the arched portion which covers the two figures, and the tabernacle work in four tiers above.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé

In poetry:

No man who shuns that little hole
You call your tabernacle
Can have, you shriek, a ransomed soul —
He wears the devil's shackle.
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
In Thy bright tabernacle, God!
Who shall learn and teach Thy will?
And who shall make his blest abode,
Almighty! in Thy holy hill?
"Virtue its own Reward" by John Bowring
The door of a white tabernacle
Felt the touch of the hand of the priest --
Did he waken the Host from its slumbers
To come forth and crown the high Feast?
"The Immaculate Conception" by Abram Joseph Ryan
And the Tabernacle was crowded from ceiling to floor,
And many were standing outside the door;
He is an eloquent preacher, I solemnly declare,
And I was struck with admiration as I on him did stare.
"Descriptive Jottings of London" by William Topaz McGonagall
I sought Him in the hives of men,
The cities grand, the hamlets gray,
The temples old beyond my ken,
The tabernacles of to-day;
All life that is, from cloud to clod
I sought. . . . Alas! I found not God.
"The Quest" by Robert W Service
Yet happier—O how happier!—he,
Who from the waste of grief and care
Retreats to immortality,
And builds his tabernacle there,—
And smiles, as from a splendid star,
On dews and mists beneath him far!
"Winter: Friday Evening" by John Bowring

In news:

30 pm Route 206 and Hawkin Road in Tabernacle, New Jersey.
He was an employee of Wal Mart and member of Faith Tabernacle Church, Jefferson, Texas.
She was a member of the Eastern Star, a cook, homemaker, and she attended the Baptist Tabernacle.
A memorial service will be Thursday June 28th at 1:00 pm at the Baptist Tabernacle.
DETROIT — When Stephany Watkins entered Christian Tabernacle Church in Southfield, Mich.
It was his desire that the money be used to help any person selected by the Board of Trustees of Grace Tabernacle Church to attend a Christian college.
For 90 years those who attended Falls Creek Baptist church camp were forced to worship outside, but when the first campers of the summer moved in this week, they welcomed a new multi-million dollar tabernacle.
All good things must come to an end, and that's exactly what happened to Tabernacle Christian's 19-game winning streak.
Denise Vickers-Leon was appointed Mother of New Birth Tabernacle of Praise on Sunday, January 8, 2011 by Pastor Rudolph(Rudy)Ferguson Sr. She is the first to hold that position.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra is planning a tour through the Midwest this summer.
Spring Tabernacle Pastor Mona Lou Tonn inspects some of the teddy bears collected during the church's Christmas toy drive.
BYU to uncover little-known tabernacle .
The little-known tabernacle is scheduled to be completely unearthed by March, archaeologists say.
About Bread of Life Tabernacle of Belton.
Tabernacle Baptist celebrates pastor, Karen community.