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Tem"ple, n. Etym: [cf. Templet.] (weaving)

Defn: a contrivence used in a loom for keeping the web stretched transversely.

Tem"ple, n. Etym: [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.)

Defn: 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.

Tem"ple, n. Etym: [as. tempel, from l. templum a space marked out, aanctuary, temple; cf. Gr. témple, 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.)

Defn: the edifice erected at Jerusalem for the worship of Jehovah. Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's Porch.
John 10:23.

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 2:21.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16
The groves were God's first temples. Bryant.
Inner temple, and 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.

Tem"ple, v. t.

Defn: to build a temple for; to appropriate a temple to; as, to temple a god. [r.] Feltham.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Temple - First used of the tabernacle, which is called "the temple of the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:9). In the New Testament the word is used figuratively of Christ's human body (John 2:19, John 2:21). Believers are called "the temple of God" (1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 3:17). The Church is designated "an holy temple in the Lord" (Ephesians 2:21). Heaven is also called a temple (Revelation 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" (Psalms 79:1); "the house of the Lord" (2 Chronicles 23:5, 2 Chronicles 23:12); "the house of the God of Jacob" (Isaiah 2:3); "the house of my glory" (Isaiah 60:7); an "house of prayer" (Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13); "an house of sacrifice" (2 Chronicles 7:12); "the house of their sanctuary" (2 Chronicles 36:17); "the mountain of the Lord's house" (Isaiah 2:2); "our holy and our beautiful house" (Isaiah 64:11); "the holy mount" (Isaiah 27:13); "the palace for the Lord God" (1 Chronicles 29:1); "the tabernacle of witness" (2 Chronicles 24:6); "Zion" (Psalms 74:2; Psalms 84:7). Christ calls it "my Father's house" (John 2:16).


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