Origin of arched
- 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
Examples from the Web for arched
Contemporary Examples of arched
Or gazing towards the Bible stories, saints and martyrs depicted in the arched stained glass windows.Inside New York’s Scandal-Hit Seminary and Other ‘Open House’ Treats
October 10, 2014
The tour starts with a difficult choice: which of the three arched doorways will you choose?The Royal Academy Wants You to Finish This Artwork
January 24, 2014
When they returned, many came to this small building with arched windows only a few blocks from the grimy Caspian beach.The Caucasus Connection
April 22, 2013
Its familiar spires reach into the sky, the arched walkway hovering high above.Harry Potter and the Plotless Theme Park
July 15, 2010
Historical Examples of arched
The arched door of the lady's room, or cell, was not quite shut.Little Dorrit
Mr. Hempstead arched his eyebrows a trifle, and looked at the girl in some doubt.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
She hurried out the arched entranceway, asking him not to start that subject again.
They had passed the arched doorway and crossed the courtyard.
She never went further than the bridge which arched over the narrow river.Fruitfulness
- 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
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.
In architecture, a curved or pointed opening that spans a doorway, window, or other space.