• WordNet 3.6
    • n temple (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
    • n temple place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity
    • n temple an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
    • n temple the flat area on either side of the forehead "the veins in his temple throbbed"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Island and Temple of Phil the Island and Temple of Phil
Denderah--temple of Tentyra Denderah--temple of Tentyra
--temple of Tentyra --temple of Tentyra
Plan of the Temple Of Sarbut El Khadim Plan of the Temple Of Sarbut El Khadim
the Ruins of The Temple Of Hathor the Ruins of The Temple Of Hathor
The Rock Temple of Kailus at Ellora The Rock Temple of Kailus at Ellora
Temple of Karnac Temple of Karnac

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Shirley Temple was considered to play the role of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz."
    • Temple (Mormon Ch) A building dedicated to the administration of ordinances.
    • n Temple (Weaving) A contrivence used in a loom for keeping the web stretched transversely.
    • Temple A local organization of Odd Fellows.
    • Temple A place or edifice dedicated to the worship of some deity; as, the temple of Jupiter at Athens, or of Juggernaut in India. "The temple of mighty Mars."
    • Temple Fig.: Any place in which the divine presence specially resides. "The temple of his body.""Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you?""The groves were God's first temples ."
    • Temple Hence, among Christians, an edifice erected as a place of public worship; a church. "Can he whose life is a perpetual insult to the authority of God enter with any pleasure a temple consecrated to devotion and sanctified by prayer?"
    • Temple One of the side bars of a pair of spectacles, jointed to the bows, and passing one on either side of the head to hold the spectacles in place.
    • Temple (Jewish Antiq) The edifice erected at Jerusalem for the worship of Jehovah. "Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch."
    • Temple (Anat) The space, on either side of the head, back of the eye and forehead, above the zygomatic arch and in front of the ear.
    • v. t Temple To build a temple for; to appropriate a temple to; as, to temple a god.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The biggest religious building in the world is a Hindu Temple, Angkor Wat, located in Cambodia. It was built at the end of the 11th century
    • n temple An edifice dedicated to the service of a deity or deities, and connected with a system of worship. The most celebrated and architecturally perfect of the ancient temples were those of the Greeks, as that of Zeus at Olympia, that of Athena Parthenos (the Parthenon) at Athens, and that of Apollo at Delphi. The form ordinarily given to classical temples was that of a rectangle, but sometimes the construction was circular, or even of irregular plan. Vitruvius divides temples into eight kinds, according to the arrangement of their columns: namely, temples in antis (see anta), prostyle, amphiprostyle, peripteral, dipteral, pseudodipteral, hypethral, and monopteral. (See these words.) In regard to intercolumniation, they are further distinguished as pycnostyle, systyle, eustyle, diastyle, and areostyle structures, and in regard to the number of columns in front, as tetrastyle, hexastyle, octastyle, and decastyle. (See these words.) Circular temples are known as monopteral, with or without a cella. The temples of ancient Egypt are impressive from their great size and from the number and mass of the pillars ordinarily introduced in their construction; those of India are remarkable for the elaborateness of their plan and elevation, and the lavishness of their sculptured decoration. See also cuts under dipteral, cella, monopteron, octastyle, pantheon, opisthodomos, and prostyle.
    • n temple The religious edifice of the Jews in Jerusalem. There were three buildings successively erected in the same spot, and entitled, from the names of their builders, the temple of Solomon, the temple of Zerubbabel, and the temple of Herod. The first was built by Solomon, and was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar about 586 b. c. The second was built by the Jews on their return from the captivity (about 537 b. c.), and was pillaged or partially destroyed several times, as by Antiochus Epiphanes, Pompey, and Herod. The third, the largest and most magnificent of the three, was begun by Herod the Great, and was completely destroyed at the capture of Jerusalem by the Romans (a. d. 70). Various attempts have been made toward the restoration of the first and the third of these temples, but scholars are not agreed in respect to architectural details. The ornament and design were in any case of severe and simple character, though rich materials were used. The successive temples all consisted of a combination of buildings, comprising courts separated from and arising one above another, and provided also with chambers for the use of the priests and for educational purposes. The inclosure of Herod's temple covered nineteen acres. It comprised an outer court of the Gentiles, a court of the women, a court of Israel, a court of the priests, and the temple building, with the holy place, and within all—entered only once a year, and only by the high priest—the holy of holies. Within the court of the priests were the great altar and the laver, within the holy place the golden candlestick, the altar of incense, and the table for the showbread, and within the holy of holies the ark of the covenant and the mercy-seat.
    • n temple An edifice erected as a place of public worship; a church; in France, specifically, a Protestant church, as distinguished from a Roman Catholic place of worship, which alone is usually spoken of as a church (église).
    • n temple Metaphorically, any place in which the divine presence specially resides.
    • n temple [capitalized] The name of two semi-monastic establishments of the middle ages, one in London, the other in Paris, occupied by the Knights Templars. The Temple Church, London, is the only part of cither establishment now existing. On the site of the London Temple the two Inns of Court called the Middle Temple and Inner Temple now stand; they have long been occupied by barristers, and are the joint property of the two societies called the Societies of the Inner and of the Middle Temple, which have the right of calling candidates to the degree of barrister. The Temple in Paris was the prison of Louis XVI. and the royal family during their sufferings iu 1792 and 1793.
    • n temple An inn of court.
    • temple To build a temple for; appropriate a temple to; inclose in a temple.
    • n temple The region of the head or skull behind the eye and forehead, above and mostly in front of the ear. This area corresponds to the temporal fossa above the zygomatic arch, where the skull is very thin and is covered by the temporal muscle.
    • n temple In entomology, the posterior part of the gena, or that immediately beneath the eye.
    • n temple One of the bars sometimes added to the ends of spectacle-bows to give them a firmer hold on the head of the wearer. See spectacle, 5.
    • n temple An ornament worn at the side of the head or covering the side of the head, mentioned in the fifteenth century as apparently sometimes of needlework, sometimes set with jewels.
    • n temple An attachment to a loom for keeping the cloth stretched, while the reed beats the threads into place after each throw of the shuttle. One form is automatic, releasing the cloth and then stretching it after each stroke of the lay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Shirley Temple always has 56 curls in her hair. (talk about uptight).
    • n Temple tem′pl an edifice erected to a deity or for religious purposes: a place of worship: in London, two inns of court, once occupied by the Knights Templars.
    • n Temple tem′pl the flat portion of either side of the head above the cheekbone
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  • Kabir
    “Where are you searching for me, friend? Look! Here am I right within you. Not in temple, nor in mosque, not in Kaaba nor Kailas, but here right within you am I.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?”
  • Marguerite Yourcenar
    Marguerite Yourcenar
    “Men who care passionately for women attach themselves at least as much to the temple and to the accessories of the cult as to their goddess herself.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is the knowledge of our own ignorance.”
  • Carl Rowan
    Carl Rowan
    “The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. temple, F. tempe, from L. tempora, tempus,; perhaps originally, the right place, the fatal spot, supposed to be the same word as tempus, temporis, the fitting or appointed time. See Temporal of time, and cf. Tempo Tense (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. temple—L. tempora, the temples, pl. of tempus, time.


In literature:

The Jew might not uncover the body in the face of the temple.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
A few temples are built close to the water's edge.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
None of the Temples was ever better lookin' than was necessary.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
One frequently sees gayly painted mosques and temples.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
He treated them cruelly, and made them lift the great stones with which they built the tombs of the kings and temples of the gods.
"Child's Story of the Bible" by Mary A. Lathbury
You should remember that these temple images were really objects of actual worship.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
He refused to keep it, and placed it in the temple of Apollo at Thebes.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
She had a famous temple there.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
However, one thing we know: whilst within the Temple she cannot trouble us.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
But he was brought up in the temple ... 'tis to the temple he will go.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux

In poetry:

In truth I wonder not,
That in the ancient days
The temples of God's praise
Were grove and leafy grot.
"Summer Hours" by Horatio Alger Jr
Wherefore we builded this
Great temple for Thy bliss:
'Tis well for us that, dying, we
Shall live in Thee!
"Egyptian Lyrics" by E J Rupert Atkinson
But, chiefest, in our empty breast,
Eternal! bid thy Spirit rest,
And cleanse our secret soul, to be
A temple pure, and worthy Thee!
"Hymn 1. Advent Sunday" by Reginald Heber
"That day shall show thy power is great,
When saints shall flock with willing minds,
And sinners crowd thy temple gate,
Where holiness in beauty shines."
"Psalm 110 part 1" by Isaac Watts
With too much life, I fall before thee dead.
With holding thee, my sense consumes in storm.
Thou art too keen a flame, too hallowed
For any temple but thy holy form.
"Within and Without: Part III: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Go to the temple with the first that come,
And be not idle, whilst thou there dost wait ;
But be amongst the last returning home,
And do the work of God without deceit.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard

In news:

Need To Breathe in concert at THE DEPOT in Salt Lake City, 400 West South Temple.
Jim Breuer performs Sept 27 at Saginaw's Temple Theatre.
Temple Sholom honors Paula Schroeder at Bernie's Holiday Restaurant, 1pm, $36 845/794-9731.
First, there was Aurora, Colo. Then, this past weekend, we had the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.
Juno Temple, Michael Cera .
Levy, Barrington Shaolin Temple Dub In Dub-Lost Mixes From King Tubby's Studio, The.
A wooden coffin holding the remains of a temple singer sat inside a tomb undisturbed for nearly 3,000 years.
Temple Beth Israel of Pomona will begin to celebrate the Chanukah season Dec 2 with its annual Chanukah Festival.
The festival will be from 10 am to 2 pm on the temple grounds, 3033 N Towne Ave.
Gomberg Named President & Chief Executive Officer of Temple University Hospital.
Free toiletries and more, Temple of Deliverance Ministries, 1121 N 18th St, 10 a.m.-noon.
Celebrating a Small Town Temple.
Seastrunk's time to shine: Patience pays as Temple product helps Baylor clobber Kansas 41-14.
It was like many other temples I'd visited in the last 16 months.
In "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," we watched him turn paternally protective.

In science:

The e stimates can be viewed as a natural quadratic form version of the celebrated Temple –Kato inequ ality.
On Temple--Kato like inequalities and applications
Then we are in the position to make use of Temple’s inequality similarly as in the case of alloy type potentials.
Lifshitz tails for a class of Schr\"odinger operators with random breather-type potential
We derive two estimates which will be later needed for Temple’s inequality.
Lifshitz tails for a class of Schr\"odinger operators with random breather-type potential
The bounds on the first and second moment derived above are used on one hand to show that Temple’s inequality is at all applicable, and on the other hand to insert them into the inequality to obtain an appropriate lower bound.
Lifshitz tails for a class of Schr\"odinger operators with random breather-type potential
It seems that the reason why the method of [KV] is not applicable to the potential (3) is the use of Temple’s inequality [Tem28].
Lifshitz asymptotics for Hamiltonians monotone in the randomness