- 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.
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Examples from the Web for arch
On the steps of the old courthouse in the shadow of the arch where Al Sharpton addressed a media horde.
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?|Maysoon Zayid|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By 1976, after Arch Moore was exposed as what he was, Rockefeller won the governorship and served two terms.
It will overwhelm me as utterly as if this arch should crumble down upon our heads!The Marble Faun, Volume I.|Nathaniel Hawthorne
The second arch covers the chapel of the Portuguese knights.The Overland Guide-book|James Barber
The arc of light became an arch and then a crescent, and swelled even as he looked.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Mrs. Archbold, Dr. Wolf, and his arch enemy Rooke, the keeper.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
The markings on the under wings have a tendency to run into arches, one arch above the other.Field and Hedgerow|Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for arch (1 of 5)
- 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)
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Derived Formsarchly, adverbarchness, noun
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In architecture, a curved or pointed opening that spans a doorway, window, or other space.