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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 ?
At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious.
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.
For many thousands of generations he had been away from it; yet, deep down in the crypts of being, tied about and wrapped up in every muscle and nerve of him, was the indelible record of the days in the wild when dim ancestors had run with the pack and at the same time developed the pack and themselves.
It was illumination in the dark crypts of their souls, a compulsion of purity and gentleness vastly greater than that which resided in the shining, death-spitting revolvers of the officers.
She did not have the expert's eye for the depth of chest, the wide nostrils, the recuperative lungs, and the muscles under their satin sheaths-- crypts of energy wherein lurked the chemistry of destruction.
And when I would come upon my father, seated at table in these subterranean crypts, gambling with Chinese for great stakes of gold, all my outrage gave vent in the vilest cursing.
Possessed of more than a cursory knowledge of astronomy, he took a sick man's pleasure in speculating as to the dwellers on the unseen worlds of those incredibly remote suns, to haunt whose houses of light, life came forth, a shy visitant, from the rayless crypts of matter.
Indeed, the charge was mostly an ignorant misunderstanding of the love of solitude and secret prayer, and was founded on his being often found kneeling, not before the altar, but in peculiar places, in the crypts or gallery, or even in the belfry.
When you are near me I have feelings similar to those produced by dank warehouses, gloomy crypts, and deep mines.
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.
A HALLOWEEN enthusiast has transformed his garden into a spooktacular crypt to raise funds for charity.
There's the spectacular St George's Hall, the stunning Old Christ Church in Waterloo, and the majestic hidden brick vaults of the Crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral, which hosts Liverpool Beer Festival every year.