Definitions for: Temple

[n] (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
[n] place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity
[n] an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
[n] the flat area on either side of the forehead; "the veins in his temple throbbed"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tem"ple, n.
1. (Mormon Ch.) A building dedicated to the administration of

2. A local organization of Odd Fellows.

Tem"ple, n. [Cf. Templet.] (Weaving)
A contrivence used in a loom for keeping the web stretched

Tem"ple, n. [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.]
1. (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.

2. 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.

Tem"ple, n. [AS. tempel, from L. templum a space marked
out, sanctuary, temple; cf. Gr. ? a piece of land marked off,
land dedicated to a god: cf. F. t['e]mple, from the Latin.
Cf. Contemplate.]
1. 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.'' --Chaucer.

2. (Jewish Antiq.) The edifice erected at Jerusalem for the
worship of Jehovah.

Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
--John x. 23.

3. 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?

4. Fig.: Any place in which the divine presence specially
resides. ``The temple of his body.'' --John ii. 21.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that
the spirit of God dwelleth in you? --1 Cor. iii.

The groves were God's first temples. --Bryant.

Inner Temple, & Middle Temple, two buildings, or ranges
of buildings, occupied by two inns of court in London, on
the site of a monastic establishment of the Knights
Templars, called the Temple.

Tem"ple, v. t.
To build a temple for; to appropriate a temple to; as, to
temple a god. [R.] --Feltham.

Synonyms: synagogue, tabernacle

See Also: building, caput, column, edifice, entablature, feature, head, house of God, house of prayer, house of worship, joss house, lineament, Mormon Tabernacle, pagoda, pantheon, Parthenon, pillar, place of worship, ziggurat, zikkurat, zikurat

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