Definitions of tabernacle

  1. To dwell; to reside for a time.
  2. To dwell or reside for a time; to be temporary housed.
  3. To sojourn.
  4. To abide for a time; to lodge.
  5. the Mormon temple
  6. ( Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
  7. A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent.
  8. 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.
  9. Hence, the Jewish temple; sometimes, any other place for worship.
  10. Any small cell, or like place, in which some holy or precious things was deposited or kept.
  11. The ornamental receptacle for the pyx, or for the consecrated elements, whether a part of a building or movable.
  12. A niche for the image of a saint, or for any sacred painting or sculpture.
  13. Hence, a work of art of sacred subject, having a partially architectural character, as a solid frame resting on a bracket, or the like.
  14. A tryptich for sacred imagery.
  15. A seat or stall in a choir, with its canopy.
  16. A boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc.
  17. A slightly constructed temporary habitation; especially, a tent or pavilion; " How goodly are thy tents. O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!" - Num. xxiv. 5; in Jewish antiq. a movable building, so contrived as to be taken to pieces with case and reconstructed, for the convenience of being carried during the wanderings of the Israelities in the wilderness. It was of a rectangular figure, 45 feet by 15, and 15 feet in height. The interior was divided into two rooms or compartments by a vail or curtain, and it was covered with four different spreads or carpets. The outer or larger compartment was called the holy place, being that in which incense was burned and the show- bread exhibited; and the inner the most holy place, or holy of holies, in which was deposited the ark of the covenant. It was situated in a court 150 feet by 75, surrounded by screens 7 1/ 2 feet high: a temple; a place of worship; a sacred place; specifically, the temple of Solomon. Ps. xv. 1: any small cell or repository in which holy or precious things are deposited, as an ornamented chest placed on Roman Catholic altars as a receptacle of the ciborium and pyx; or, a reliquary or small box for the presentation of relies and the like: the human frame; " Yea I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me." - 1 Pet. i. 13, 14: in Goth. arch, a canopied stall or niche; a cabinet or shrine ornamented with open- worked tracery, etc.; an arched canopy over a tomb; also, a tomb or monument: ( naut.) an elevated socket for a boat's mast, or a projecting post to which a mast may be hinged when it is fitted for lowering to pass beneath bridges.
  18. A small hut; the movable temple used by the Hebrews in the desert; any holy place.
  19. A house of worship; especially, the portable sanctuary used by the Israelites in the wilderness.
  20. A tent; a temporary habitation; a movable building, of the nature of a temple, erected by the Israelites for worship during their wanderings is the wilderness; a place of worship; a sacred place; in the Itom. Cath. Church, a chest placed on the altar as a receptacle for the consecrated elements in the encharist; the human body as a place of temporary sojourn.
  21. A movable or temporary habitation; the movable structure carried by the Israelites during their wanderings in the wilderness as a place for worship and sacrifices; a place of worship; in Scrip., the natural body of man; in R. Cath. Ch., an ornamental erection on the altar for the reception of the consecrated vessels.