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arc

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noun \ˈärk\

Simple Definition of arc

  • : a line or shape that is curved like part of a circle

  • : a brightly glowing electric current that flows across an open space between two points (such as two electrodes)

Full Definition of arc

  1. 1 :  the apparent path described above and below the horizon by a celestial body (as the sun)

  2. 2 a :  something arched or curved b :  a curved path <the arc of a fly ball>

  3. 3 :  a sustained luminous discharge of electricity across a gap in a circuit or between electrodes; also :  arc lamp

  4. 4 :  a continuous portion (as of a circle or ellipse) of a curved line

  5. 5 :  degree measurement on the circumference of a circle —used especially in the phrase of arc <11 minutes 3 seconds of arc>

  6. 6 :  a continuous progression or line of development <a story's dramatic arc>

Examples of arc

  1. He bent the twig into an arc.

  2. The ball floated in a high arc.



Origin of arc

Middle English ark, from Anglo-French arc bow, from Latin arcus bow, arch, arc — more at arrow


First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with arc


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arc

verb

Simple Definition of arc

  • : to move or lie in a curving path : to follow an arc-shaped course

  • : to form an electric arc

Full Definition of arc

arcedplay \ˈärkt\arc·ing play \ˈär-kiŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form an electric arc

  3. 2 :  to follow an arc-shaped course

Examples of arc

  1. The arrow arced through the air.

  2. A light arced across the sky.

  3. The island chain arcs from north to south.



1893

First Known Use of arc

1893

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arc

adjective

Definition of arc

  1. :  inverse 2 —used with the trigonometric functions and hyperbolic functions



Origin of arc

arc sine arc or angle (corresponding to the) sine (of so many degrees)


First Known Use: circa 1949


ARC

abbreviation

Definition of ARC

  1. 1 AIDS-related complex

  2. 2 American Red Cross




Medical Dictionary

arc

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noun \ˈärk\

Medical Definition of arc

  1. 1:  an arched or curved anatomical part, distance, or pathway—see reflex arc

  2. 2:  a sustained luminous discharge of electricity across a gap in a circuit or between electrodes




ARC

abbreviation

Medical Definition of ARC

  1. 1AIDS-related complex

  2. 2American Red Cross





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