- arched truss,
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
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|Lizzie Crocker|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Chloë Ashby|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When they returned, many came to this small building with arched windows only a few blocks from the grimy Caspian beach.
Its familiar spires reach into the sky, the arched walkway hovering high above.
This divan is protected from rain by the semi-dome, and from the sun by curtains or mats hung across the arched opening.A History of Art in Chalda & Assyria, v. 1|Georges Perrot
In the centre of the arched roof there was a barred ventilator, and close by an electric fan whirled and whispered unceasingly.The Soul Stealer|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
We passed out through the arched doorway, and Broadway was before us.They Call Me Carpenter|Upton Sinclair
Then they stood in the arched gate-house, breathing hard and looking at each other.Five Children and It|E. Nesbit
An alternative arrangement for strengthening the wall was an arched gallery built behind it under the rampart (fig. 9).
- 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
c.1300, from Old French arche "arch of a bridge" (12c.), from Latin arcus "a bow" (see arc). Replaced native bow (n.1). Originally architectural in English; transferred by early 15c. to anything having this form (eyebrows, etc.).
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.