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aisle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aisle passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores
    • n aisle part of a church divided laterally from the nave proper by rows of pillars or columns
    • n aisle a long narrow passage (as in a cave or woods)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aisle (Arch) A lateral division of a building, separated from the middle part, called the nave, by a row of columns or piers, which support the roof or an upper wall containing windows, called the clearstory wall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aisle Properly, a lateral subdivision of a church, parallel to the nave, choir, or transept, from which it is divided by piers or columns, and often surmounted by a gallery. The term is also improperly applied to the central or main division: as, a three-aisled church, that is, a church with a nave and two aisles. It is also used to designate the alleys or divisions of other structures, such as mosques, Egyptian temples, theaters, public halls, etc. As popularly applied to churches in which the nave and aisles proper are filled with pews, and in general to modern places of assembly, aisle denotes merely a passageway giving access to the seats: as, the center aisle and side aisles. Sometimes written isle. See figure showing ground-plan of a cathedral, under cathedral.
    • aisle In heraldry, winged or having wings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aisle īl any lateral division of any part of a church, whether of nave, choir, or transept. The word is often erroneously applied to the passage in a church between the pews or seats
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Quotations

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    “It's only the view from where you sit that makes you feel defeat. Life is full of many aisles, so why don't you change your seat?”

Idioms

Rolling in the aisles - If the audience watching something are laughing loudly, the show has them rolling in the aisles.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. ele, F. aile, wing, wing of a building, L. ala, contr. fr. axilla,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ele, aisle (Fr. aile)—L. axilla, ala, a wing.

Usage

In literature:

The excitement spread through the train, and men, and even women, left their seats, overflowing the aisles.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
The plan of the church of Saint Evroul, Mortain, is as simple as a church that has aisles can be.
"Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine" by Edward A. Freeman
The main aisle is very wide, forming a broad promenade on each side with a collection of Sculpture, Statuary, Casts, &c. &c. between them.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
Inside the jammed bus were swaying figures crowded in the aisle, and every seat was filled.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
It was only carried up to about half its former height, and was there, with the aisle end, finished off with battlements.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
And then Mr. Mosby drew up alongside and favoured them with an elaborate bow from the centre of the aisle.
"Stubble" by George Looms
The original towers were probably crowned with spires of wood and lead, and both projected some thirty feet from the aisles.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul" by Arthur Dimock
To right of centre begin the pews of the church on each side of a broad centre aisle.
"Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: The Moth and the Flame" by Clyde Fitch
Then he remembered a woman who had come down the aisle just as the lights were lowering and passed his seat.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The intermingling of the two teams in aisle IV does not affect the game in the least.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The #Monuments# in this aisle are not numerous, but are of modern historic interest.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
Mounting Bess, he rode down through the vast aisle of these monarchs of the mountains.
"The Transformation of Job" by Frederick Vining Fisher
At that moment the man across the aisle twitched his coat sleeve.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The clearstorey windows are actually larger than those of the aisle below, and are again rather acutely pointed for late work.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
He gives the tickets to the usher, and precedes the party down the aisle.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Throwing aside his manual Mr. Toombs walked further out into the aisle and assumed a yet more defiant position.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
Tom o' Dint had been compelled to come up the aisle at the tail of the wedding-party.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Miss Baker, who had been standing in the aisle, was down in a heap on the floor.
"Five Little Peppers at School" by Margaret Sidney
She sprang out of her seat, white as a dead person, and rushed up the aisle.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
And he couldn't quite destroy a picture of Mirabelle, walking down the aisle out of step to the wedding march.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
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In poetry:

Narrow beds by one another-
White and low!
Through them softly, as in church-aisles,
Nurses go-
"The Hospital" by Anonymous Americas
As the anthem surgeth
Through cathedral aisles,
Swells the voice of nations
Over miles of miles.
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
Hoofs beat steadily the while,
As the horses gamboled,
And along the shady aisle
Spiritedly rambled.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau
Long aisles of larches stretch away,
Mysterious, dim;
And in their branches breezes play
A solemn hymn.
"A Summer Day" by Mary Webb
We walk on holy ground; above
A sky more holy smiles;
The chant of the beatitudes
Swells down these leafy aisles.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And yet more distant than the dream
Of joy that still may be
Is that old love gone softly down
The aisles of Memory!
"Remote" by Charles Hanson Towne

In news:

I can't imagine anything even vaguely Asian that isn't on some shelf somewhere in the ten aisles of this sprawling, cluttered grocery.
Operating exclusively in narrow aisles, the MCFA Jungheinrich EKX 410 man-up turret truck can be used for full pallet put-away and retrieval or picking individual boxes or pieces.
Both Sides of the Aisle Unconvinced By Boehner's Debt Speech.
Don't expect Eva Mendes to be walking down the aisle anytime soon.
The Far Side of the Aisle.
Executives of Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs defended their conduct before and during the financial crisis, as senators on both sides of the aisle accused the investment firm of wreaking havoc on the economy.
Composer on the Aisle provides important amplifications and sortings-out of fact and fiction in Thomson's own and other versions of his life.
(July 5, 2007) If you visit Italy and decide to explore a grocery store (an expedition I highly recommend on both cultural and culinary grounds), you will notice the sign Biscotti at the top of an aisle.
When did cereal get a complete aisle to itself at the grocery store.
If a walk down the aisle is in your future, you may want to march over to cupcake shop Frosted for an open house this weekend.
Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach introduces its Aloha Lani Wedding Package designed to make walking down the aisle a romantic and personal experience.
As of July 1, you no longer have to wait 72 hours to go running down the aisle.
The Scream 4 actress, who's currently engaged to Dax Shepard, told Us Weekly she's not planning to walk down the aisle -- ever.
The woman was walking in the food aisle when the man walked up to her, dropped to the floor, and started biting her foot.
There is less than two months to go until Kate Middleton will walk down the aisle to marry her Prince Charming, and RadarOnline.com has newly released photos of the historic location where the royal wedding will take place.
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In science:

The subcategory D is sometimes referred to as a t-category or an aisle.
Stability conditions, torsion theories and tilting
Vossieck, Aisles in derived categories, Bull.
Almost complete cluster tilting objects in generalized higher cluster categories
The aisle is narrow, and nobody can pass the passenger who is loading the carry-on.
Lectures on integrable probability
How, you probably don’t wish to know, did your authors vote on the various Plutonian issues? Not at all, it turns out, for the one who was there was skippering the team of students who ran up and down the aisles counting the raised yellow cards of the voters (slightly different from raised hackles, but not entirely).
Astrophysics in 2006
Today, we are in the fortunate situation that significant advances on both sides of the aisle enable us to bridge this gap: cosmological observations have become sufficiently precise to make quantitative statements about the very first moments of the Universe’s history.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
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