What does arc mean?

Definitions for arc
ɑrk; ˈɑr kɪŋarc

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discharge, spark, arc, electric arc, electric dischargenoun

    electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field

  2. arcnoun

    a continuous portion of a circle

  3. bow, arcverb

    something curved in shape

  4. arch, curve, arcverb

    form an arch or curve

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


  1. arcnoun

    That part of a circle which a heavenly body appears to pass through as it moves above and below the horizon.

  2. arcnoun

    A continuous part of the circumference of a circle (circular arc) or of an other curve.

  3. arcnoun

    A curve, in general.

  4. arcnoun

    A band contained within parallel curves, or something of that shape.

  5. arcnoun

    A flow of current across an insulating medium; especially a hot, luminous discharge between either two electrodes or as lightning.

  6. arcnoun

    A story arc.

  7. arcnoun

    A continuous mapping from a real interval (typically ) into a space.

  8. arcnoun

    A directed edge.

  9. arcverb

    To move following a curved path.

  10. arcverb

    To form an electrical arc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arcnoun

    a portion of a curved line; as, the arc of a circle or of an ellipse

    Etymology: [F. arc, L. arcus bow, arc. See Arch, n.]

  2. Arcnoun

    a curvature in the shape of a circular arc or an arch; as, the colored arc (the rainbow); the arc of Hadley's quadrant

    Etymology: [F. arc, L. arcus bow, arc. See Arch, n.]

  3. Arcnoun

    an arch

    Etymology: [F. arc, L. arcus bow, arc. See Arch, n.]

  4. Arcnoun

    the apparent arc described, above or below the horizon, by the sun or other celestial body. The diurnal arc is described during the daytime, the nocturnal arc during the night

    Etymology: [F. arc, L. arcus bow, arc. See Arch, n.]


  1. ARC

    ARC is a lossless data compression and archival format by System Enhancement Associates. It was very popular during the early days of networked dial-up BBS. The file format and the program were both called ARC. The ARC program made obsolete the previous use of a combination of the SQ program to compress files and the LU program to create .LBR archives, by combining both compression and archiving functions into a single program. Unlike ZIP, ARC is incapable of compressing entire directory trees. The format was subject to controversy in the 1980s—an important event in debates over what would later be known as open formats. The .arc file extension is often used for several file archive-like file types. For example, the Internet Archive uses its own ARC format to store multiple web resources into a single file. The FreeArc archiver also uses .arc extension, but uses a completely different file format. Nintendo uses an unrelated 'ARC' format for resources, such as MIDI and voice samples, in GameCube and Wii games. Several unofficial extractors exist for this type of ARC file.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Arc

    ärk, n. a segment of a circle or other curve. [O. Fr.—L. arcus, a bow.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. arc

    The segment of a circle or any curved line, by which all angles are measured.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. arc

    (Fr.). A bow; an arch in building.

Editors Contribution

  1. arc

    Arc to myself I've come to learn can possiblly be the central point of a curved half circle in structure and arc example pictorially could example the arc memorial erected in Washington and as well Chicago if I recall. If need an image view to o add with the reading definition of an arc.

    The washington and Chicago erceted structures.

    Submitted by truthfullessons1205 on December 9, 2021  

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  1. ARC

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Anagrams for arc »

  1. RAC

  2. car, Car, CAR

  3. RCA

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arc in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arc in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of arc in a Sentence

  1. Mike Schur:

    There's a gigantic battle that is waged for. It's sort of Leslie Knope's final big project, she's fighting a corporation for control over something. The arc of the season is about what I think is probably the most important issue facing America, which is not just public sector vs. private sector, but specifically it becomes about the issue of privacy.

  2. James Cameron:

    We spent several weeks breaking story and figuring out what type of story we wanted to tell so we would have something to pitch Linda( Hamilton, aka Sarah Connor), when we got a handle on something, we looked at it as a three-film arc, so there is a greater story there to be told.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    A "Szépség" nem áll sem a csábító vonzó arc!

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Les vrais amis sont comme le soleil qui brille dans le milieu de la tempête, à mon avis. Ils égaient et illuminent votre vie, et apportent souvent de bonheur pour vous, tout comme les rayons du soleil créant un magnifique arc en ciel pendant une tempête violente. Parfois vous avez besoin d'une tempête afin de voir et d'apprécier la beauté divine d'un arc en ciel. Merci Beaucoup. - Deo

  5. Tim Davenport:

    Along with our discoveries of the Kipunji, Matilda's horned viper and other reptiles and frogs, this new chameleon really seals the deal as regards the boundary of the Eastern Arcs, it is very clear now that the so-called Makambako Gap doesn't exist zoologically, and that the Southern Highlands is every bit as biodiverse and endemic-rich as all other Eastern Arc Mountains. With its own unique fauna and flora the region thus warrants as much protection as we can possibly afford it.

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