Definitions for ARCHɑrtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

archɑrtʃ(n.)

  1. a curved construction spanning an opening and usu. supporting weight from above or the sides.

    Category: Architecture

  2. a doorway or gateway having a curved head; archway.

    Category: Architecture

  3. any overhead curvature resembling an arch.

  4. something bowed or curved:

    the arch of the foot.

  5. (v.t.)to cover or span with an arch.

  6. to form into an arch:

    a cat arching its back.

  7. (v.i.)to form an arch:

    elms arching over the road.

Origin of arch:

1250–1300; < OF arche < VL *arca, fem. var. of L arcusarc

archɑrtʃ(adj.)

  1. coyly roguish or ironic.

  2. crafty; sly.

Origin of arch:

1545–55; independent use of arch -1

arch′ness(n.)

arch-

  1. a combining form used to create nouns that denote individuals or institutions directing or having authority over others of their class (archbishop; archdiocese; archpriest); also meaning “principal” (archenemy; archrival) or “prototypical” and thus exemplary or extreme (archconservative).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Origin of arch-:

OE arce-, < L archi- < Gk; see archi -

arch-

  1. var. of archi - before a vowel:

    archangel.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

-arch

  1. a combining form meaning “chief, leader, ruler”:

    matriarch; monarch.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Origin of -arch:

< Gk -archos or -archēs, as comb. forms of árchos leader

Arch.

  1. Archbishop.

    Category: Religion

arch.

  1. archaic.

  2. archery.

    Category: Sport

  3. archipelago.

  4. architect; architecture.

    Category: Architecture

Princeton's WordNet

  1. arch(noun)

    a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening

  2. arch(noun)

    a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet)

  3. arch, archway(noun)

    a passageway under a curved masonry construction

    "they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory"

  4. arch(adj)

    (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it

  5. arch, condescending, patronizing, patronising(adj)

    (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension

  6. arch(a)(adj)

    expert in skulduggery

    "an arch criminal"

  7. arch, impish, implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish, wicked(verb)

    naughtily or annoyingly playful

    "teasing and worrying with impish laughter"; "a wicked prank"

  8. arch, curve, arc(verb)

    form an arch or curve

    "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. arch(noun)ɑrtʃ

    a structure with straight sides and a curved top

    He stood under the arch of the doorway.

  2. archɑrtʃ

    the curved bottom part of the foot

    a cut on the arch of his foot

  3. arch(verb)ɑrtʃ

    to make a curve

    The cat arched its back.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arch(noun)

    any part of a curved line

  2. Arch(noun)

    usually a curved member made up of separate wedge-shaped solids, with the joints between them disposed in the direction of the radii of the curve; used to support the wall or other weight above an opening. In this sense arches are segmental, round (i. e., semicircular), or pointed

  3. Arch(noun)

    a flat arch is a member constructed of stones cut into wedges or other shapes so as to support each other without rising in a curve

  4. Arch(noun)

    any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into the arch of a bridge

  5. Arch(noun)

    any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the aorta

  6. Arch(verb)

    to cover with an arch or arches

  7. Arch(verb)

    to form or bend into the shape of an arch

  8. Arch(verb)

    to form into an arch; to curve

  9. Arch(adj)

    chief; eminent; greatest; principal

  10. Arch(adj)

    cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an arch look, word, lad

  11. Arch(noun)

    a chief

Freebase

  1. Arch

    An arch is a structure that spans a space and supports structure and weight above it. Arches appeared as early as the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamian brick architecture and their systematic use started with the Ancient Romans who were the first to apply the technique to a wide range of structures.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ARCH' in Nouns Frequency: #2577


Translations for ARCH

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

arch(noun)

the top part of a door etc or a support for a roof etc which is built in the shape of a curve.

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