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arc

[ahrk]
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noun
  1. Geometry. any unbroken part of the circumference of a circle or other curved line.
  2. Also called electric arc. Electricity. a luminous bridge formed in a gap between two electrodes.Compare spark1(def 2).
  3. Astronomy. the part of a circle representing the apparent course of a heavenly body.
  4. anything bow-shaped.
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verb (used without object), arced [ahrkt] /ɑrkt/ or arcked, arc·ing [ahr-king] /ˈɑr kɪŋ/ or arck·ing.
  1. to form an electric arc.
  2. to move in a curve suggestive of an arc.
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Origin of arc

1350–1400; Middle English ark < Latin arcus bow, arch, curve
Can be confusedarc ark
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Historical Examples

  • Dennis roared again, pushed away and arced the knife at his throat.

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    Paul W. Fairman

  • He didn't even see the fist that arced upward and smashed into his jaw.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • John Andrew yelled at him as he arced forward, but it was too late.

  • The Nipe arced backwards in a half-somersault and landed flat on his back.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • As it rose, it grew perceptibly larger, to dwindle again as it arced over the western horizon.


British Dictionary definitions for arced

arc

noun
  1. something curved in shape
  2. part of an unbroken curved line
  3. 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
  4. astronomy a circular section of the apparent path of a celestial body
  5. maths a section of a curve, graph, or geometric figure
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verb arcs, arcing, arced, arcs, arcking or arcked
  1. (intr) to form an arc
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prefix
  1. maths specifying an inverse trigonometric function: usually written arcsin, arctan, arcsec, etc, or sometimes sin –1, tan –1, sec –1, etc
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Latin arcus bow, arch

ARC

abbreviation for
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for arced

arc

n.

late 14c., originally in reference to the sun's apparent motion in the sky, from Old French arc "bow, arch, vault" (12c.), from Latin arcus "a bow, arch," from PIE root *arku- "bowed, curved" (cf. Gothic arhvazna "arrow," Old English earh, Old Norse ör; also, via notion of "supple, flexible," Greek arkeuthos, Latvian ercis "juniper," Russian rakita, Czech rokyta, Serbo-Croatian rakita "brittle willow"). Electrical sense is from 1821.

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arc

v.

1893, in the electrical sense, from arc (n.). Meaning "to move in an arc" attested by 1954. Related: Arced; arcing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

arced in Medicine

arc

(ärk)
n.
  1. A curved line or segment of a circle.
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ARC

abbr.
  1. AIDS-related complex
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arced in Science

arc

[ärk]
  1. A segment of a circle.
  2. See electric arc.
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