- a curved masonry construction for spanning an opening, consisting of a number of wedgelike stones, bricks, or the like, set with the narrower side toward the opening in such a way that forces on the arch are transmitted as vertical or oblique stresses on either side of the opening.
- an upwardly curved construction, as of steel or timber functioning in the manner of a masonry arch.
- a doorway, gateway, etc., having a curved head; an archway.
- the curved head of an opening, as a doorway.
- a chamber or opening in a glassmaking furnace.
- pot arch.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of arch1
Origin of arch2
Origin of arch-1
Origin of -arch
Related Words for archsly, archway, arc, head, champion, expert, leading, top, premier, finished, primary, accomplished, chief, master, consummate, major, main, first, semicircle, span
Examples from the Web for arch
Contemporary Examples of arch
On the steps of the old courthouse in the shadow of the arch where Al Sharpton addressed a media horde.Michael Brown's Hometown Is Under Occupation
August 13, 2014
You know it, I know it, the generals know it, Arch knows it, so what are we waiting for?
But as I thought of the way we had been treated for the past week, I understood what Arch was telling me.
Luke had been given the poison by his arch nemesis, Helena Cassadine.Radioactive Revelations Raise the Question: Who Killed Arafat?
November 8, 2013
By 1976, after Arch Moore was exposed as what he was, Rockefeller won the governorship and served two terms.Rockefeller's Retirement
January 11, 2013
Historical Examples of arch
When the window was new it must have been surmounted in the middle of the arch by an ornamental design.The Dream
"That could not always have been your ladyship's opinion," said Belinda, with an arch smile.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Often and often have I been forced to smile at her arch turns upon me, when I could have beat her for them.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The General turned an arch smile of perplexity upon his chief-of-staff.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
In the midst of the assemblage one figure towers—the Arch Druid.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
- any of various parts or structures of the body having a curved or archlike outline, such as the transverse portion of the aorta (arch of the aorta) or the raised bony vault formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones (arch of the foot)
- one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several curved ridges one above the otherCompare loop 1 (def. 10a), whorl (def. 3)
Word Origin for arch
Word Origin for arch
n combining form
Word Origin for -arch
Word Origin for arch-
1540s, "chief, principal," from prefix arch-; used in 12c. archangel, etc., but extended to so many derogatory uses (arch-rogue, arch-knave, etc.) that by mid-17c. it acquired a meaning of "roguish, mischievous," since softened to "saucy." Also found in archwife (late 14c.), variously defined as "a wife of a superior order" or "a dominating woman, virago."
early 14c., "to form an arch" (implied in arched); c.1400, "to furnish with an arch," from arch (n.). Related: Arching.
also archi-, word-forming element meaning "chief, principal; extreme, ultra; early, primitive," from Latinized form of Greek arkh-, arkhi- "first, chief, primeval," comb. form of arkhos "chief" (see archon).
word-forming element meaning "a ruler," from Greek arkhos "leader, chief, ruler," from arkhe "beginning, origin, first place" (see archon).
In architecture, a curved or pointed opening that spans a doorway, window, or other space.