noun . 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. anything bow-shaped. verb (used without object), arced or [ahrkt] /ɑrkt/ arcked, arc·ing or [ ahr-king] /ˈɑr kɪŋ/ arck·ing. to move in a curve suggestive of an arc. Origin of arc 1350–1400; Middle English ark < Latin arcus bow, arch, curve
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Dennis roared again, pushed away and
arced the knife at his throat.
He didn't even see the fist that
arced upward and smashed into his jaw.
John Andrew yelled at him as he
arced forward, but it was too late.
arced backwards in a half-somersault and landed flat on his back.
As it rose, it grew perceptibly larger, to dwindle again as it
arced over the western horizon. British Dictionary definitions for arced noun 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 verb arcs, arcing, arced, arcs, arcking or arcked prefix maths specifying an inverse trigonometric function: usually written arcsin, arctan, arcsec, etc, or sometimes sin , –1 tan , –1 sec , etc –1 Word Origin for arc
C14: from Old French, from Latin
arcus bow, arch abbreviation for 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 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. 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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n. A curved line or segment of a circle.
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A segment of a circle. See electric arc.
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