arch meaning

[ ɑ:tʃ ] Pronunciation:   "arch" in a sentence
Verb: arch  aa(r)ch
  1. Form an arch or curve
    "her back arches"
    - curve, arc
Noun: arch  aa(r)ch
  1. A curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening 
  2. A curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet) 
  3. A passageway under a curved masonry construction
    "they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory"
    - archway 
  4. (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
Adjective: arch (archer,archest)  aa(r)ch
  1. (used of behaviour or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
    - condescending, patronizing, patronising [Brit] 
  2. Expert in skulduggery
    "an arch criminal" 
  3. Naughtily or annoyingly playful
    - impish, implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish, wicked, pixillated
Prefix: arch-
  1. Chief, highest, most important

Derived forms: archer, arching, archest, arched, arches

See also: arched, archly, playful, skilled, superior

Type of: bend, construction, curve, curved shape, entrance, entranceway, entrée, entry, entryway, flex, skeletal structure, structure

Part of: aqueduct, arcade, bridge, colonnade, span, wall

Encyclopedia: Arch Arch, Bern Arch, Switzerland


A construction that spans an opening; usually curved; often consists of wedge-shaped blocks (voussoirs) having their narrower ends toward the opening. Arches vary in shape, from those that have little or no curvature to those that are acutely pointed. For special types of arches, see acute arch, anse de panier, arrière-voussure, back arch, basket-handle arch, bell arch, blind arch, camber arch, catenary arch, cinquefoil arch, compound arch, cusped arch, diminished arch, discharging arch, Dutch arch, elliptical arch, equilateral arch, flat arch, Florentine arch, foil arch, French arch, garden arch, gauged arch, Gothic arch, horseshoe arch, inverted arch, jack arch, keel arch, keystone arch, lancet arch, Mayan arch, memorial arch, miter arch, Moorish arch, ogee arch, pointed arch, Queen Anne arch, raking arch, rampant arch, rear arch, relieving arch, round arch, rowlock arch, safety arch, sconcheon arch, secondary arch, segmental arch, semicircular arch, semielliptical arch, shouldered arch, skew arch, straight arch, three-centered arch, transverse arch, trefoil arch, triangular arch, triumphal arch, Tudor arch, two-centered arch.

arch: Ex Estrados; In intrados; K keystone; S springers; v voussoirs

[Civil engineering]
"A structure curved and so designed that when it is subjected to vertical loads, its two end supports exert reaction forces with inwardly directed horizontal components, common uses for the arch are as a bridge, support for a roadway or railroad track, or"

See: Auto-Regressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity

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
2 : a fingerprint in which all the ridges run from side to side and make no backward turn
  • -arch:     /-ärk or -ərk/ &n ...
  • arch-:     /ärch- (or ärk- i ...
  • arch.:    abbrev1. Archaic2. ...


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  1. arch ran around the house to the front yard.
  2. some spray would arch over the front ramp.
  3. have you ever had trouble with your arches?
  4. the vast arch of cloud above was strangely low.
  5. "he's a playful dog, lonnie," arch said.

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