Be"ma (?), n. [Gr. step, platform.]

1. Gr. Antiq.

A platform from which speakers addressed an assembly.

Mitford.

2. Arch. (a)

That part of an early Christian church which was reserved for the higher clergy; the inner or eastern part of the chancel.

(b)

Erroneously: A pulpit.

 

© Webster 1913.

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