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1arch

noun \ˈärch\

: a usually curved part of a structure that is over an opening and that supports a wall or other weight above the opening

: the raised area on the bottom of the foot that is formed by a curved section of bones

: something that has a curved shape

Full Definition of ARCH

1
:  a typically curved structural member spanning an opening and serving as a support (as for the wall or other weight above the opening)
2
a :  something resembling an arch in form or function; especially :  either of two vaulted portions of the bony structure of the foot that impart elasticity to it
b :  a curvature having the form of an arch
3
:  archway

Examples of ARCH

  1. There was a slight arch to her eyebrows.
  2. an arch in the cat's back

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Origin of ARCH

Middle English arche, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *arca, from Latin arcus — more at arrow
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with ARCH

2arch

verb

: to bend into the shape of an arch

Full Definition of ARCH

transitive verb
1
:  to cover or provide with an arch
2
:  to form into an arch
intransitive verb
1
:  to form an arch
2
:  to take an arch-shaped course

Examples of ARCH

  1. The cat arched its back.
  2. She arched her eyebrows in surprise.
  3. A tree arches over the road.
  4. She arched backward to begin the exercise.

First Known Use of ARCH

15th century

3arch

adjective

: having or showing an amused feeling of being superior to or knowing more than other people

Full Definition of ARCH

1
:  principal, chief <your arch opponent>
2
a :  mischievous, saucy
b :  marked by a deliberate and often forced playfulness, irony, or impudence <known for her arch comments> <decided to answer them by being teacherly in a sort of arch, Olympian way — Gerald Early>
arch·ness noun

Examples of ARCH

  1. a politician known for his arch humor
  2. The novel is never mocking or arch in its tone.

Origin of ARCH

1arch-
First Known Use: 1547

4arch

abbreviation

Definition of ARCH

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Arch

abbreviation

Definition of ARCH

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1arch

noun \ˈärch\

Definition of ARCH for Kids

1
:  a usually curved part of a structure that is over an opening and serves as a support (as for the wall above the opening)
2
:  something that has a curved shape like an arch <the arch of the foot>
arched \ˈärcht\ adjective <an arched doorway>

2arch

verb
archedarch·ing

Definition of ARCH for Kids

1
:  to form or shape into an arch :  curve <The cat arched her back.>
2
:  to cover with an arch <Tree branches arched the narrow road.>

3arch

adjective

Definition of ARCH for Kids

1
:  2chief 2, principal <an arch opponent>
2
:  being clever and mischievous <an arch look>
arch·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary

arch

noun \ˈärch\

Medical Definition of ARCH

1
:  an anatomical structure that resembles an arch in form or function: as a :  either of two vaulted portions of the bony structure of the foot that impart elasticity to it: (1) :  a longitudinal arch supported posteriorly by the basal tuberosity of the calcaneus and anteriorly by the heads of the metatarsal bones (2) :  a transverse arch consisting of the metatarsals and first row of tarsals and resulting from elevation of the central anterior portion of the median longitudinal arch b :  arch of the aorta
2
:  a fingerprint in which all the ridges run from side to side and make no backward turn

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