ark

noun
\ ˈärk How to pronounce ark (audio) \

Definition of ark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a boat or ship held to resemble that in which Noah and his family were preserved from the Flood
b : something that affords protection and safety
2a : the sacred chest representing to the Hebrews the presence of God among them
b : a repository traditionally in or against the wall of a synagogue for the scrolls of the Torah

Definition of Ark (Entry 2 of 2)

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A boat or ship held to resemble the one in which Noah and his family were preserved from the Flood is known as an ark. From this meaning comes the figurative meaning of ark as something that affords protection or safety. Ark is derived from the Latin word arca, meaning “chest,” which is akin to the Latin verb arcēre, meaning “to hold off or defend.” These Latin roots also gave us the use of ark to refer to the sacred chest representing to the Hebrews the presence of God among them and also to a repository that traditionally is in, or against, the wall of a synagogue for the scrolls of the Jewish Torah.

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Von Braun envisioned human spaceflight that included space stations, space shuttles and interplanetary arks carrying humans to Mars. Anchorage Daily News, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 23 June 2019 Von Braun envisioned human spaceflight that included space stations, space shuttles and interplanetary arks carrying humans to Mars. Anchorage Daily News, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 23 June 2019 Billions die, as to turn the Earth into an effective mobile ark, its natural rotation must be halted. The Economist, "China’s grand, gloomy sci-fi is going global," 22 June 2019 Von Braun envisioned human spaceflight that included space stations, space shuttles and interplanetary arks carrying humans to Mars. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 19 June 2019 An 13th-century English map of the Holy Land, drawn by a monk who spoke with Armenian travelers, shows another myth of origin: Armenia as the home of Noah’s ark, the boat resting on the peaks of Mount Ararat. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Armenia!’ Review: Exploring the First Christian Nation," 29 Sep. 2018 Yandy’s ark of offerings is evidence that pretty much any animal can be sexed up, although not all animals are equally alluring. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Why are “sexy” cats a thing?," 26 Oct. 2018 One story reimagines the biblical tale of Noah’s ark from Noah’s brother’s perspective. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Experiments Succeed — and Fail — Spectacularly in Robert Coover’s Lab," 12 Feb. 2018 The Biblical reference to Noah releasing the dove from the ark in search of dry land may have been the first notable contribution. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of ark

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ark

Noun

Middle English, from Old English arc, from Latin arca chest; akin to Latin arcēre to hold off, defend, Greek arkein, Hittite ḫark- to have, hold

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The first known use of ark was before the 12th century

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ark

noun, often capitalized
\ ˈärk How to pronounce ark (audio) \

Kids Definition of ark

1 : the ship in which an ancient Hebrew of the Bible named Noah and his family were saved from a great flood that God sent down on the world because of its wickedness
2 : a cabinet in a synagogue for the scrolls of the Torah

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Arkansas

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