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crypt

(krĭpt) [Gr.,=hidden], vault or chamber beneath the main level of a church, used as a meeting place or burial place. It undoubtedly developed from the catacombs used by early Christians as places of worship. Early churches were commonly built over the tombs of martyrs. Such vaults, located beneath the main altar, developed into the extensive crypts of the Middle Ages that in many churches of the 11th and 12th cent. occupied the entire space beneath the sanctuary. At Canterbury the 12th-century crypt forms a large and complete lower church in itself. The crypt of the Rochester Cathedral is partly above ground. The cathedrals at Chartres and at Bourges have crypts typical of the Gothic development.

Crypt

A story in a church, below or partly below ground level, and under the main floor, often containing chapels and sometimes tombs; a hidden subterranean chamber or complex of chambers and passages.

Crypt

 

(1) In ancient Rome, any vaulted area of a building, wholly or partly underground.

(2) In Western European medieval architecture, a chapel under a church (usually under the altar) used as a burial place of honor. Crypts were widespread in early medieval architecture.


Crypt

 

the interior chamber of a tomb, usually partly underground, intended for the interment of the deceased.

What does it mean when you dream about a crypt?

In a dream a crypt or a catacomb can represent the womb. Alternatively, a space beneath the ground often represents the unconscious mind. (See also Burial, Coffin, Dead/Death, Grave, Hearse).

crypt

[kript]
(anatomy)
A follicle or pitlike depression.
A simple glandular cavity.

crypt

crypt
1. A story in a church below or partly below ground level and under the main floor, particularly of the chancel, often containing chapels and sometimes tombs.
2. A hidden subterranean chamber or complex of chambers and passages.

crypt

1. a cellar, vault, or underground chamber, esp beneath a church, where it is often used as a chapel, burial place, etc.
2. Anatomy any pitlike recess or depression

crypt

Unix command to perform encryption and decryption.
References in classic literature ?
But in the midst of our play I felt a sudden cold chill, reminding me of deep mines and gloomy crypts, such a chill as I had experienced that very morning.
At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious.
Now we will descend into the crypt, under the grand altar of Milan Cathedral, and receive an impressive sermon from lips that have been silent and hands that have been gestureless for three hundred years.
I've got a couple of skulls down in the crypt," he said; "come and see those.
This be the castle's crypt," whispered Joan; "and they do say that strange happenings occur here in the still watches of the night, and that when the castle sleeps the castle's dead rise from their coffins and shake their dry bones.
If you can make a light I am sure you will find an old lamp here in the crypt, and then will it be less fearsome.
fourteenth century a ghoul was cornered in the crypt of the cathedral
The members of the family and servants of the house kept away from the gloomy spot, where the bones of the descendant of an ancient line of knights and gentlemen lay, awaiting their final consignment to the family crypt.
A monotonous, silent city, deriving an earthy flavour throughout from its Cathedral crypt, and so abounding in vestiges of monastic graves, that the Cloisterham children grow small salad in the dust of abbots and abbesses, and make dirt-pies of nuns and friars; while every ploughman in its outlying fields renders to once puissant Lord Treasurers, Archbishops, Bishops, and such-like, the attention which the Ogre in the story-book desired to render to his unbidden visitor, and grinds their bones to make his bread.
When the bachelor had given her in connection with almost every tomb and flat grave-stone some history of its own, he took her down into the old crypt, now a mere dull vault, and showed her how it had been lighted up in the time of the monks, and how, amid lamps depending from the roof, and swinging censers exhaling scented odours, and habits glittering with gold and silver, and pictures, and precious stuffs, and jewels all flashing and glistening through the low arches, the chaunt of aged voices had been many a time heard there, at midnight, in old days, while hooded figures knelt and prayed around, and told their rosaries of beads.
The Newark archdiocese, the largest single provider of in-ground burials in New Jersey, must give up a lucrative companion business--the marketing of headstones and private crypts --under a bill signed into law March 23 by Gov.
crypts hidden below the ruins of Coventry Cathedral will -lic thanks to six-figure MYSTERIOUS crypts hidden below the ruins of Coventry Cathedral will be opened up to the public thanks to six-figure government funding.