Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Temple"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

first used of the tabernacle, which is called "the temple of the
Lord" (1 Sam. 1:9). In the New Testament the word is used
figuratively of Christ's human body (John 2:19, 21). Believers
are called "the temple of God" (1 Cor. 3:16, 17). The Church is
designated "an holy temple in the Lord" (Eph. 2:21). Heaven is
also called a temple (Rev. 7:5). We read also of the heathen
"temple of the great goddess Diana" (Acts 19:27).

This word is generally used in Scripture of the sacred house
erected on the summit of Mount Moriah for the worship of God. It
is called "the temple" (1 Kings 6:17); "the temple [R.V.,
'house'] of the Lord" (2 Kings 11:10); "thy holy temple" (Ps.
79:1); "the house of the Lord" (2 Chr. 23:5, 12); "the house of
the God of Jacob" (Isa. 2:3); "the house of my glory" (60:7); an
"house of prayer" (56:7; Matt. 21:13); "an house of sacrifice"
(2 Chr. 7:12); "the house of their sanctuary" (2 Chr. 36:17);
"the mountain of the Lord's house" (Isa. 2:2); "our holy and our
beautiful house" (64:11); "the holy mount" (27:13); "the palace
for the Lord God" (1 Chr. 29:1); "the tabernacle of witness" (2
Chr. 24:6); "Zion" (Ps. 74:2; 84:7). Christ calls it "my
Father's house" (John 2:16).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Temple \Tem"ple\, n.
1. (Mormon Ch.) A building dedicated to the administration of

2. A local organization of Odd Fellows.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Temple \Tem"ple\, n. [Cf. {Templet}.] (Weaving)
A contrivence used in a loom for keeping the web stretched

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Temple \Tem"ple\, n. [OF. temple, F. tempe, from L. tempora,
tempus; perhaps originally, the right place, the fatal spot,
supposed to be the same word as tempus, temporis, the fitting
or appointed time. See {Temporal} of time, and cf. {Tempo},
{Tense}, n.]
1. (Anat.) The space, on either side of the head, back of the
eye and forehead, above the zygomatic arch and in front of
the ear.

2. One of the side bars of a pair of spectacles, jointed to
the bows, and passing one on either side of the head to
hold the spectacles in place.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Temple \Tem"ple\, v. t.
To build a temple for; to appropriate a temple to; as, to
temple a god. [R.] --Feltham.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Temple \Tem"ple\, n. [AS. tempel, from L. templum a space marked
out, sanctuary, temple; cf. Gr. ? a piece of land marked off,
land dedicated to a god: cf. F. t['e]mple, from the Latin.
Cf. {Contemplate}.]
1. A place or edifice dedicated to the worship of some deity;
as, the temple of Jupiter at Athens, or of Juggernaut in
India. ``The temple of mighty Mars.'' --Chaucer.

2. (Jewish Antiq.) The edifice erected at Jerusalem for the
worship of Jehovah.

Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
--John x. 23.

3. Hence, among Christians, an edifice erected as a place of
public worship; a church.

Can he whose life is a perpetual insult to the
authority of God enter with any pleasure a temple
consecrated to devotion and sanctified by prayer?

4. Fig.: Any place in which the divine presence specially
resides. ``The temple of his body.'' --John ii. 21.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that
the spirit of God dwelleth in you? --1 Cor. iii.

The groves were God's first temples. --Bryant.

{Inner Temple}, & {Middle Temple}, two buildings, or ranges
of buildings, occupied by two inns of court in London, on
the site of a monastic establishment of the Knights
Templars, called the Temple.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of
a deity
2: the flat area on either side of the forehead; "the veins in
his temple throbbed"
3: an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes
4: (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation
[syn: {synagogue}, {tabernacle}]

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