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horseshoe arch

noun
1.
an arch with the intrados widening above the springing and then narrowing to a rounded crown.
Also called Moorish arch.
Origin of horseshoe arch
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15
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  • horseshoe arch, with the centre above the springing; employed in Moorish architecture.

  • Each of the columns upholds a small pilaster, and between them is a horseshoe arch, no two of the columns being alike.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • (He rushes in through the horseshoe arch, hot and excited, and runs round, kicking the sleepers) Nah then.

    Captain Brassbound's Conversion George Bernard Shaw
  • The architecture was Moorish, and the tawdry throne was framed in a horseshoe arch.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • A door with a horseshoe arch and a leather curtain led to the house; the door to the shop was strong and iron-bound.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck

    Harold Bindloss
  • Here we may see one more monument of the Moors, a horseshoe arch, once a part of the Mosque.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • Twenty-eight feet above the pavement, over the horseshoe arch, a cabalistic key and a gigantic hand are carved on two stones.

    The Moors in Spain Stanley Lane-Poole
  • And as on that day so on this, in the alcove under the horseshoe arch sat Ben Aboo and his Spanish wife.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • There is an extremely curious canopy, being a sort of horseshoe arch, surmounting and breaking into a circular arch, at Tournai.

  • The portal is a horseshoe arch, handsomely ornamented, and above runs a tier of smaller horseshoe arches.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
British Dictionary definitions for horseshoe arch

horseshoe arch

noun
1.
an arch formed in the shape of a horseshoe, esp as used in Moorish architecture
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