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aisle

a lateral division in a church flanking the nave or chancel

Aisle

The circulatory space flanking and parallel to the nave in a church, separated from it by a row of columns; a walkway between seats in a theater, auditorium, or other place of public assembly.

aisle

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(architecture)
A passageway between or alongside blocks of seats, as in an auditorium.
One of the parts of a basilica which are located at the sides of the nave, with each aisle separated from it by a row of columns.

aisle

1. A longitudinal passage between sections of seats in an auditorium or church.
2. In a church, the space flanking and parallel to the nave; usually separated from it by columns, intended primarily for circulation but sometimes containing seats.
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The old graveyard, with its over-arching trees and long aisles of shadows, faded from her sight.
Little boys, in the costumes of French chefs, paraded up and down the irregular aisles vending fancy cakes.
The path which the young clerk had now to follow lay through a magnificent forest of the very heaviest timber, where the giant bowls of oak and of beech formed long aisles in every direction, shooting up their huge branches to build the majestic arches of Nature's own cathedral.
The roar of it filled my ears and I saw Ernest reeling and falling in a swirl of smoke, and the soldiers rushing up all the aisles.
He'd on a pair of new boots and they squeaked all the way up and down the aisles.
The service itself was in great part musical, the confident notes of the full choir joining with the resonant organ-tones; and after all the rest the richly robed priests and ministrants passed along the aisles in stately processions enveloped in fragrant clouds of incense.
For a long time he stood still and listened to their music, so sweet to a hunter's ear, when suddenly the fox appeared, threading the solemn aisles with an easy coursing pace, whose sound was concealed by a sympathetic rustle of the leaves, swift and still, keeping the round, leaving his pursuers far behind; and, leaping upon a rock amid the woods, he sat erect and listening, with his back to the hunter.
And thereafter, for a long time, the many irons rose and fell, the pace of the room in no wise diminished; while the forewoman strode the aisles with a threatening eye for incipient breakdown and hysteria.
Aunt Polly came, and Tom and Sid and Mary sat with her -- Tom being placed next the aisle, in order that he might be as far away from the open window and the seductive outside summer scenes as possible.
Robinson in one of the side seats near the front, she walked up the aisle and sat beside her.
Between these walls the little Martians scampered, wild as deer; being permitted to run the full length of the aisle, where they were captured one at a time by the women and older children; the last in the line capturing the first little one to reach the end of the gauntlet, her opposite in the line capturing the second, and so on until all the little fellows had left the enclosure and been appropriated by some youth or female.
I am no specialist in mineralogy, and I went on down a very ruinous aisle running parallel to the first hall I had entered.