Geometry. any unbroken part of the circumference of a circle or other curved line.
Astronomy. the part of a circle representing the apparent course of a heavenly body.
to form an electric arc.
to move in a curve suggestive of an arc.
- arc , ark
Other definitions for ARC (2 of 3)
Pathology. AIDS-related complex.
Other definitions for ARC (3 of 3)
American Red Cross.
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How to use arc in a sentence
Mitchell made 19 of his 33 shots from the field and six of 15 from behind the 3-point arc, and he paraded himself to the free-throw line 13 times, connecting on all 13 tries.Monster Games In The NBA Playoffs Aren’t Automatically Translating To Wins | Jared Dubin | August 26, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Harden’s teammates went 19 of 50 from beyond the arc, and the Rockets won the game.The Raptors’ Defense Is Almost Never The Same, But It’s Always Really Good | Jared Dubin | August 17, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The ones they’ve found shape an arc, not quite a full circle.
All societies are just snippets of “the great arc of potential human purposes and motivations,” Benedict once wrote.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex | Charles King | August 5, 2020 | Nautilus
This created an additional dim bow whose bottom hung below the primary arc.Explainer: Rainbows, fogbows and their eerie cousins | Matthew Cappucci | May 1, 2020 | Science News For Students
How the polling firms and the media adjust to new realities also seems to be a rather long arc.
So the plan is for Ken to draw an arc with Dale doing covers, and then Dale does an arc with Ken doing covers.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’ | Rich Goldstein | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A Molotov cocktail tumbled in an arc overhead and erupted briefly in a blaze.
The stream of bubbly from the popped champagne bottle creates an angelic arc over her, and lands right in the glass.Kim Kardashian Bares Her Shiny, Bounteous Butt, Breaks the Internet | Marlow Stern | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At this point in the arc, he doubts what Hershel is telling him.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero | Regina Lizik | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In this position, the line of cavalry formed the chord of the arc described by the river, and occupied by us.
The sequestered spot, a seat beneath a plane tree, with a lonesome arc-lamp shining full upon it, was occupied.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
She looked very haggard and helpless beneath the blue arc-lights.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
He threw the ship like a giant shell in a screaming, sweeping arc upon the red craft that drove across their bow.Astounding Stories, May, 1931 | Various
When the sun swung into its western arc I halted where a large number of warriors had broken their fast.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
British Dictionary definitions for arc (1 of 2)
something curved in shape
part of an unbroken curved line
a luminous discharge that occurs when an electric current flows between two electrodes or any other two surfaces separated by a small gap and a high potential difference
astronomy a circular section of the apparent path of a celestial body
maths a section of a curve, graph, or geometric figure
(intr) to form an arc
maths specifying an inverse trigonometric function: usually written arcsin, arctan, arcsec, etc, or sometimes sin –1, tan –1, sec –1, etc
British Dictionary definitions for ARC (2 of 2)
AIDS-related complex: an early condition in which a person infected with the AIDS virus may suffer from such mild symptoms as loss of weight, fever, etc
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Scientific definitions for arc
A segment of a circle.
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