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[oh-ver-ahrch] /ˌoʊ vərˈɑrtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to span with or like an arch:
A new bridge overarches the river.
verb (used without object)
to form an arch over something:
a cerulean sky overarching in the early twilight.
Origin of overarch
First recorded in 1660-70; over- + arch1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The scene from which he looked down,—was it the mere upper chamber of Juda, or did it overarch the human world?

    Studies of Christianity James Martineau
  • Wonderful, too, are the Palms that overarch the driveway, and beautiful the gardens and panorama beyond.

  • How abstract would be anything common to all times and places, how terrible a mocking truth that should overarch them for ever!

    Soliloquies in England

    George Santayana
  • "To thee—and to thy seed:" these words span the gulf of two thousand years, and overarch the Mosaic dispensation.

British Dictionary definitions for overarch


(transitive) to form an arch over
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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