Altar

Definition of Altar

Al´tar
n.1.A raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or wood) on which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity.
Noah builded an altar unto the Lord.
- Gen. viii. 20.
2.In the Christian church, a construction of stone, wood, or other material for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist; the communion table.
Altar cloth
the cover for an altar in a Christian church, usually richly embroidered.
Altar cushion
a cushion laid upon the altar in a Christian church to support the service book.
Altar frontal
See Frontal.
Altar rail
the railing in front of the altar or communion table.
Altar screen
a wall or partition built behind an altar to protect it from approach in the rear.
Altar tomb
a tomb resembling an altar in shape, etc.
Family altar
place of family devotions.
To lead (as a bride) to the altar
to marry; - said of a woman.

Related Words

Communion table, altar carpet, altar desk, altar facing, altar of prothesis, altar rail, altar side, altar slab, altar stair, altar stone, altarpiece, ancona, bomos, chancel table, credence, eschara, frontal, gradin, hestia, holy table, mensal, missal stand, predella, prothesis, retable, retablo, rood altar, scrobis, superaltar
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