Definition of nave :
1. The block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and through which the axle passes; - called also hub or hob.
2. The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances, or, if there are no transepts, from the choir to the principal entrance, but not including the aisles.
3. The navel.
- At Worcester, also Benedictine, it seems probable that the library occupied from very early times the long, narrow room over the south aisle of the nave to which it was restored in 1866. This room, which extends from the transept to the west end of the church, is 130 ft. - "The Care of Books", John Willis Clark.
- It is pleasing with the memory of all this in one's heart- and upon it there is a famous song- to come upon Swanscombe church, in which much would seem to be of Saxon times, as parts of the walls of both nave and chancel, and the lower part of the tower, where one may see signs of Roman brick. - "England of My Heart--Spring", Edward Hutton.
- This choral dance formed in the church, and continued to the middle of the nave, and thence to the square before the edifice, or even into the cemetery. - "Some Forerunners of Italian Opera", William James Henderson.