Definitions of arch

  1. ( architecture) a masonry construction ( usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
  2. a passageway under an arch
  3. a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs ( especially arches of the feet)
  4. a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening
  5. ( used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
  6. expert in skulduggery; " an arch criminal"
  7. ( of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; " his arch rival"; " the boss man"; " the chief executive"; " head librarian"; " top administrators"
  8. form a curl, curve, or kink; " the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"; " The road curved"
  9. form an arch or curve; " her back arches"; " her hips curve nicely"
  10. ( of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; " his arch rival"
  11. Any part of a curved line.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into the arch of a bridge.
  15. Any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the aorta.
  16. To cover with an arch or arches.
  17. To form or bend into the shape of an arch.
  18. To form into an arch; to curve.
  19. Chief; eminent; greatest; principal.
  20. Cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an arch look, word, lad.
  21. A chief.
  22. A prefix signifying chief, as in archbuilder, archfiend.
  23. A structure of brick or masonry, the wedge- shaped part3 of which follow a curved line; usually forming the top of a door, window, or gateway; part of a curved line.
  24. To cover with a curved structure; to bend or curve.
  25. To form a bent or curved top or covering; curve.
  26. Chief; of the first rank: used as a prefix; as, archbishop; cunning; mischievous; coy.
  27. In anatomy, any vaulted or arch- like structure. See arcus.
  28. Term applied to structures that are curved.
  29. A construction of stones or other materials, arranged in the line of a curve, so as by mutual pressure to support each other.
  30. To cover with an arch: to bend into the form of an arch.
  31. Cunning: sly: waggish: mirthful: shrewd.
  32. ARCHLY.
  34. Used as a prefix: the first or chief.
  35. Chief; principal ( mostly used as prefix).
  36. Part of a circle or curve; a curved, self- supporting structure.
  37. Playfully sly.
  38. To form an arch.
  39. Chief.
  40. To form into an arch; form an arch; curve; span with an arch or arches.
  41. Innocently cunning; roguish; playfully sly; coy.
  42. A bow like curve, structure, or object.
  43. Arch. A curved structure supported at the sides or ends only, and formed of distinct pieces fitted together to span an opening.
  44. Chief or principal; very great; extreme. In words beginning with the prefix arch-, the syllable arch- is pronounced arc-, before a vowel; as, archangel, before a consonant the pronunciatoin is arch-, as, archbishop, archduchess.
  45. Crafty; shrewd; waggish; roguish; mischievous for sport.
  46. An arc; a curved structure of stone or brick, so arranged that the parts by mutual pressure support each other; any place covered with an arch; the vault of heaven, or the sky. Triumphal arch, an arch erected to adorn or commemorate a triumph.
  47. To cover with an arch; to form into a curve.
  48. To make an arch or arches.
  49. Chief; of the first class; used as a prefix to words from the Greek.
  50. The circular part of any building; the hollow or concave part of a bridge or gateway.
  51. To cover with an arch; to form an arch.
  52. Waggish; mirthful.
  53. Chief of the first class.

Usage examples for arch

  1. We assented, and I ran to the camels that lay resting just outside the arch – Queen Sheba's Ring by H. Rider Haggard
  2. The arch enemy of the wood buffalo is the timber wolf. – The New North by Agnes Deans Cameron
  3. Hills were to be lowered, and there was a famous one in Arch Street. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  4. He was looking up to the arch of the beech- trees, where the green light still came through. – The Flaw in the Crystal by May Sinclair
  5. His Majesty's chaplain delivered the body to the arch priest. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  6. Before them some steps led down to a little paved court, and beyond, under a building, they saw the terrible Traitor's Gate,- a low, gloomy arch with great wooden doors. – John and Betty's History Visit by Margaret Williamson
  7. A darkbacked figure under Merchants' arch scanned books on the hawker's cart. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  8. In the neighborhood of the new bridge, under the arch I recall seeing the eager face of my favorite boyhood school- teacher. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  9. But other and nearer memories are revived by St. John's Arch – The Nether World by George Gissing
  10. Mrs. Clarke gazed at the blush, and no doubt thoroughly understood it, but she did not smile, or look arch or full of feminine understanding. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  11. When Martin returned to report that a cab waited, Paul walked out under the arch to the street and having placed Flamby in the cab, he held her hand for a moment and their glances met. – The Orchard of Tears by Sax Rohmer
  12. There on the keystone was the carved hand; beyond, over the arch within, the key; and remembering the legend that never would disaster come until the Hand had grasped the Key, I knew that this must be the Gate of Justice. – The Car of Destiny by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  13. That swany arch to her neck as he bent it back. – The Vertical City by Fannie Hurst
  14. Scarcely were we there before down came the remaining wall, with a crash which broke in the arch – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  15. There is little or nothing left of the other buildings of the abbey, except the gateway by which we enter, with a larger and a smaller pointed arch – Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine by Edward A. Freeman Commentator: W. H. Hutton
  16. As he spoke, the voice repeated its caution:- Arch – Persian Literature, Volume 1,Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan by Anonymous
  17. He made himself necessary to Arch – The Fatal Glove by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
  18. At the side of this arch was a shell- shaped hollow, cut in the rock about three feet above the floor. – Benita, An African Romance by H. Rider Haggard
  19. If, however, there be a white cloud inside the cloud- arch you must strip her quick and clean, for that tornado is going to be the worst tornado you were ever in. – West African studies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  20. By that time the arch was doubtless completed, and the coin may well show what it was actually like. – Early Britain--Roman Britain by Edward Conybeare