He bent the twig into an arc.
The ball floated in a high arc. Verb
The arrow arced through the air.
A light arced across the sky.
The island chain arcs from north to south.
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Point Loma Nazarene’s Luke Smith, a 6-foot-8 freshman forward from Flower Mound, Texas, had 19 points after going 5 of 7 behind the 3-point arc – 14 coming in the first half before the Aztecs switched Butler and other smaller, quicker guards on him.—Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2023 The narrative arc, in its dramatic and aesthetic conception, unfolds by showcasing the protagonist’s connection with the ancient inhabitants of the land, Gastaud noted.—John Hopewell, Variety, 23 Nov. 2023 Following Matthew Perry’s death on Oct. 28, Chandler’s entire Thanksgiving arc hits us even harder.—Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 23 Nov. 2023 And that began to inform everything, including some of the arc going forward into season six.—Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 Originally released in the UK last year, Wayward delivers far more than that familiar redemption arc.—Pitchfork, 20 Nov. 2023 Plus, teenagers tend to be just a wee bit changeable, defying a traditional narrative arc.—Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2023 Two other areas of improvement: Opening the game 5 of 6 behind the arc and making nine total after going 5 of 18 at BYU, and holding the Beach to three offensive rebounds after surrendering 25 in the first two games.—Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 After previously ruling the Citadel, an interdimensional hub of Ricks and Mortys from across the multiverse, Evil Morty is now settled in his personal fortress of solitude, an entire arc compressed into a four-minute cold open.—Alison Herman, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023
That suit accused Edison and T-Mobile of failing to properly design, install and maintain equipment, alleging the issues caused arcing amid strong Santa Ana winds and sent sparks into the dry brush.—Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 The mangled Black Hawk arced across the sky, then disappeared from Tom Satterly's sight.—Hannah Ray Lambert, Fox News, 3 Oct. 2023 So, for much of the war, Russian warplanes have mostly been used as fast-reacting rocket artillery, briefly popping up from low altitude to release volleys of unguided 80-millimeter S-8 or 122-millimeter S-13 rockets in an arcing trajectory from afar to minimize exposure to short-range air defense.—Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 1 Sep. 2023 Renata Schmitt, clad in leggings and sneakers, long hair pulled back from her face, squinted at the two ropes that arced toward and away from each other in an eggbeater pattern, blurring through the air of a gym in Southeast D.C.
Schmitt, 52, of Arlington, waited, watched, then jumped in.—Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 26 July 2023 Seeing that familiar gray-black body arcing through blue Alaska waters is a comfort to those who know her.—Ned Rozell | Alaska Science, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Sep. 2023 Insulating an electrical wire prevents arcing and sparking, and dissipates heat.—Jennifer McDermott, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2023 On the point-after attempt (there are no kicks in wheelchair football), Cross tossed an arcing ball to the corner of the end zone.—Matt Higgins Jalen Wright, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2023 The missile initially arcs on an intercept course making course corrections radio-transmitted by the battery.—Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 30 Aug. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English ark, from Anglo-French arc bow, from Latin arcus bow, arch, arc — more at arrow
arc sine arc or angle (corresponding to the) sine (of so many degrees)