1. A slightly built or temporary habitation; especially, a tent. "Dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob." (Heb. Xi. 9) "Orange trees planted in the ground, and secured in winter with a wooden tabernacle and stoves." (Evelyn)
6. A boxlike step for a mast with the after side open, so that the mast can be lowered to pass under bridges, etc. Feast of Tabernacles, one of the three principal festivals of the Jews, lasting seven days, during which the people dwelt in booths formed of the boughs of trees, in commemoration of the habitation of their ancestors in similar dwellings during their pilgrimage in the wilderness. Tabernacle work, rich canopy work like that over the head of niches, used over seats or stalls, or over sepulchral monuments.
Origin: F, fr. L. Tabernaculum, dim. Of taberna nut. See Tabern.
(01 Mar 1998)
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