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Meaning of ARCH

Pronunciation:  ârch

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
  2. [n]  a passageway under an arch
  3. [n]  a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially arches of the feet)
  4. [n]  a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening
  5. [adj]  (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
  6. [v]  form an arch

ARCH is a 4 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: arc, archway, condescending, curve, patronising, patronizing, superior
 See Also: abutment arch, aqueduct, arcade, bend, bridge, broken arch, camber, camber arch, colonnade, construction, corbel arch, curve, curved shape, diminished arch, entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway, flat arch, flex, four-centered arch, haemal arch, headstone, hemal arch, impost, instep, keystone, metatarsal arch, neural arch, pectoral arch, pier arch, pointed arch, proscenium arch, rampant arch, round arch, rowlock arch, safety arch, scheme arch, scoinson arch, sconcheon arch, shoulder girdle, shouldered arch, skeen arch, skeletal structure, skene arch, skew arch, span, springer, squinch, straight arch, structure, trimmer arch, triumphal arch, Tudor arch, vertebral arch, voussoir, wall



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Arch\, n. [F. arche, fr. LL. arca, for arcus. See {Arc}.]
    1. (Geom.) Any part of a curved line.
    2. (Arch.)
       (a) Usually a curved member made up of separate
           wedge-shaped solids, with the joints between them
           disposed in the direction of the radii of the curve;
           used to support the wall or other weight above an
           opening. In this sense arches are segmental, round (i.
           e., semicircular), or pointed.
       (b) A flat arch is a member constructed of stones cut into
           wedges or other shapes so as to support each other
           without rising in a curve.
    Note: Scientifically considered, the arch is a means of
          spanning an opening by resolving vertical pressure into
          horizontal or diagonal thrust.
    3. Any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into
       the arch of a bridge.
    4. Any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the
       aorta. ``Colors of the showery arch.'' --Milton.
    {Triumphal arch}, a monumental structure resembling an arched
       gateway, with one or more passages, erected to commemorate
       a triumph.
  2. \Arch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Arched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To cover with an arch or arches.
    2. To form or bend into the shape of an arch.
             The horse arched his neck.            --Charlesworth.
  3. \Arch\, v. i.
    To form into an arch; to curve.
  4. \Arch-\ (["a]rch-, except in archangel and one or two
    other words). [L. arch-, Gr. ?. See {Arch-}.]
    A prefix signifying chief, as in archbuilder, archfiend.
  5. \Arch\ (["a]rch), a. [See {Arch-}, pref.]
    1. Chief; eminent; greatest; principal.
             The most arch act of piteous massacre. --Shak.
    2. Cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an
       arch look, word, lad.
             [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
  6. \Arch\, n. [See {Arch-}, pref.]
    A chief. [Obs.]
          My worthy arch and patron comes to-night. --Shak.
  7. \-arch\ [Gr. 'archo`s chief, commander, 'a`rchein to rule.
    See {Arch}, a.]
    A suffix meaning a ruler, as in monarch (a sole ruler).
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Walking under an arch in a dream means that you will be discovering new dimensions and taking new directions in life. Keep your eyes open, it might be time for you to take undvantage of some importatn opportunities.
Easton Bible Dictionary

an architectural term found only in Ezek. 40:16, 21, 22, 26, 29. There is no absolute proof that the Israelites employed arches in their buildings. The arch was employed in the building of the pyramids of Egypt. The oldest existing arch is at Thebes, and bears the date B.C. 1350. There are also still found the remains of an arch, known as Robinson's Arch, of the bridge connecting Zion and Moriah. (See TYROPOEON VALLEY.)

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