a walkway between or along sections of seats in a theater, classroom, or the like.
a longitudinal division of an interior area, as in a church, separated from the main area by an arcade or the like.
any of the longitudinal divisions of a church or the like.
in the aisles, (of an audience) convulsed with laughter.
Even the audience for Ice Age now seems ominous, with all the kids running up and down the aisles.
The Aurora Shooting Made One Prominent Hollywood Producer Too Scared to Go to The Multiplex Rick Schwartz August 25, 2012
But in this theater, they are still only second-class citizens, waiting in the aisles of history.
Palestinians Cast a U.N. Vote, Move Closer to State Recognition Matt Surrusco November 24, 2013
Models moved down into the audience, working the aisles at a busy pace while wearing these new incarnations of the Chanel look.
Chanel, Back to the Future Liza Foreman July 1, 2013
He goes on both sides of the aisles,” Jonathan says, “I love Robbie George.
The Pocket Pundit Samuel P. Jacobs February 12, 2010
Mrs. Bush strolled the aisles thanking friends and staffers.
Aboard the Bush Plane Mark McKinnon January 19, 2009
There was much ornamental stone-work then done; aisles were added to the naves, and towers and spires built.
Our English Towns and Villages H. R. Wilton Hall
But in the dimness of these two aisles lurks the spirit of the wilds.
The Forest Stewart Edward White
Those which are perceived at the extremities of the two aisles are more particularly esteemed.
Rouen, It’s History and Monuments Thodore Licquet
This is a building divided into a nave and aisles and with a vestibule.
Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
The two east windows of the aisles are similar to the others.
Bell’s Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Lincoln A. F. Kendrick
a passageway separating seating areas in a theatre, church, etc; gangway
a lateral division in a church flanking the nave or chancel
(informal) rolling in the aisles, (of an audience) overcome with laughter
late 14c., ele, “lateral division of a church (usually separated by a row of pillars), from Old French ele “wing (of a bird or an army), side of a ship” (12c., Modern French aile), from Latin ala, related to axilla “wing, upper arm, armpit; wing of an army,” from PIE *aks- “axis” (see axis), via a suffixed form *aks-la-. The root meaning in “turning” connects it with axle and axis.
Confused 15c. with unrelated ile “island” (perhaps from notion of a “detached” part of a church), and so it took an -s- when isle did, c.1700; by 1750 it had acquired an a-, on the model of French cognate aile. The word also was confused with alley, which gave it the sense of “passage between rows of pews or seats” (1731), which was thence extended to railway cars, theaters, etc.
lay them in the aisles
noun a passage for inside traffic within a building or vehicle Examples Move along the aisleway to the rear of the auditorium. Usage Note aisleway adj Historical Examples Was that kind of an aisleway over there right next to the east wall that he was walking along, or what? Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings […]
a river in N France, flowing NW and W to the Oise. 175 miles (280 km) long. a department in N France. 2868 sq. mi. (7430 sq. km). Capital: Laon. Historical Examples I painted this picture of the battle of the Aisne from a captive balloon. The New York Times Current History: the European War, […]
a small island, especially in a river. Contemporary Examples Some, like the ait Atta nomads, still migrate throughout the year. On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco Joanna Eede January 21, 2014 Mouha, our charming guide, is from the ait Atta and was born in a black goat-hair tent in the Saharan dunes. […]
the letter H, h. Historical Examples The easiest to make is h. Let them see that the sound is breathed out of their throats, and do not give it the name of aitch. Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy. Elizabeth P. Peabody See also on the “aitch” question, Letters […]