Associations to the word «Cloister»


CLOISTER, noun. A covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle; especially:
CLOISTER, noun. Such arcade in a monastery
CLOISTER, noun. Such arcade fitted with representations of the stages of Christ's Passion
CLOISTER, noun. A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.
CLOISTER, noun. (figuratively) The monastic life
CLOISTER, verb. (intransitive) To become a Roman Catholic religious.
CLOISTER, verb. (transitive) To confine in a cloister, voluntarily or not.
CLOISTER, verb. (intransitive) To deliberately withdraw from worldly things.
CLOISTER, verb. (transitive) To provide with (a) cloister(s).
CLOISTER, verb. (transitive) To protect or isolate.
CLOISTER VAULT, noun. (architecture) A vault resulting from the intersection of two barrel-vaults crossing in a right angle. The angles of intersection are groins with projecting angles at the base, which die away at the summit.
CLOISTER VAULTS, noun. Plural of cloister vault

Dictionary definition

CLOISTER, noun. Residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery).
CLOISTER, noun. A courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions).
CLOISTER, verb. Surround with a cloister, as of a garden.
CLOISTER, verb. Surround with a cloister; "cloister the garden".
CLOISTER, verb. Seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister; "She cloistered herself in the office".

Wise words

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