a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening
a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet)
a passageway under a curved masonry construction
"they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory"
(architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
arch, condescending, patronizing, patronising(adj)
(used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
expert in skulduggery
"an arch criminal"
arch, impish, implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish, wicked(verb)
naughtily or annoyingly playful
"teasing and worrying with impish laughter"; "a wicked prank"
arch, curve, arc(verb)
form an arch or curve
"her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely"
any part of a curved line
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
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
any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into the arch of a bridge
any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the aorta
to cover with an arch or arches
to form or bend into the shape of an arch
to form into an arch; to curve
chief; eminent; greatest; principal
cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an arch look, word, lad
Origin: [See Arch-, pref.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ärch, n. a concave construction of stones or other materials, built or turned on a centering over an open space, so as by mutual pressure to support each other and sustain a superincumbent weight.—v.t. to cover with an arch: to bend into the form of an arch.—p.adj. Arched, made with an arch, or like an arch.—ns. Arch′let, a little arch; Arch′way, an arched or vaulted passage, esp. that leading into a castle.—Arches, or Court of Arches, the ecclesiastical court of appeal for the province of Canterbury, formerly held at the church of St-Mary-le-Bow (or 'of the Arches'), from the arches that support its steeple. [O. Fr.,—L. arca, chest.]
ärch, adj. cunning: waggish: roguish: shrewd, now mostly of women and children.—adv. Arch′ly.—n. Arch′ness. [Derived from the prefix arch-, in its use in words like arch-rogue, &c.]
ärch (ärk in archangel), adj. used as a prefix, now chiefly as an intensive in an odious sense: the first or chief.—ns. Arch′-en′emy, a chief enemy: Satan—also Arch′-foe; Arch′-fiend, the supreme fiend: Satan; Arch′-flā′men, a chief flamen or priest; Arch-he′resy; Arch′-he′retic, a leader of heresy; Arch′-mock′ (Shak.), the height of mockery; Arch′-pī′rate, a chief pirate; Arch′-pō′et, a chief poet: (obs.) a poet-laureate; Arch′-prel′ate, a chief prelate; Arch′-priest′, a chief priest: in early times, a kind of vicar to the bishop—later, a rural dean: the title given to the superiors appointed by the Pope to govern the secular priests sent into England from the foreign seminaries during the period 1598-1621; Arch′-trait′or, a chief traitor, sometimes applied esp. to the devil, or to Judas. [A.S. arce, ærce, through L. from Gr. archi, cog. with arch-ein, to begin.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'ARCH' in Nouns Frequency: #2577
The numerical value of ARCH in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of ARCH in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The Arch is the undeniable symbol of our region, recognized around the world. With this project we are better connecting it to the city it represents.
The government is acting like an elephant in a china shop, after they've spared arch-terrorists this method, they want to try it out against Jewish youths.
A successful debt swap for Arch could add to the liquidity runway, deleverage the balance sheet and motivate management to keep the company alive, but barring some sort of miracle in the coal market, liquidity is still stretched.
If the recruitment of candidates is done with honesty, then there will be no surveillance required on their work sincerity or punctuality and relatively less need of product publicity in comparison to its arch rival's brand promotional activity.
The hearth is significant as something of the University’s early academic years, the original arch above the opening will have to be reconstructed, but we hope to present the remainder of the hearth as essentially unrestored, preserving its evidence of use.
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- свод, арка, дъгаBulgarian
- arc, arquejarCatalan, Valencian
- oblouk, klenbaCzech
- αψίδα, κυρτώνωGreek
- principal, arco, arquear, pícaroSpanish
- طاق, قوس, کمانPersian
- kaari, köyristää, holvikaariFinnish
- arc, arche, cambreFrench
- boghaScottish Gaelic
- tāwhana, whakatuapukuMāori
- свод, лак, аркаMacedonian
- wyginać w łuk, łuk, tworzyć łukPolish
- arco, esperto, arquearPortuguese
- свод, дуга, лукавый, игривый, аркаRussian
- valv, båge, valvbågeSwedish
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