- 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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Definition for arches (2 of 2)
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Examples from the Web for arches
The tomb, though much smaller than the palace, is similarly a vision of ornate twists, arches, and peaks.
When we arrived into Lalish, arches with symbols representing the sun indicated we were nearing the temple complex.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The people faded away, the arches, the vaulted roof vanished.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"That's Orlando," Roth explains, referencing one character's concept of ultimate paradise—the arches of Disney World.
Some enjoy a well-manicured foot, others have a liking for arches, or dirty soles, or footprints.
Beneath some of the arches, the sellers of macaroni and polenta establish their stalls, which are by no means inviting.Pictures from Italy|Charles Dickens
The length of this viaduct is 105 yards, and the highest of the seven arches about fifty feet.Old Rome|Robert Burn
The markings on the under wings have a tendency to run into arches, one arch above the other.Field and Hedgerow|Richard Jefferies
This is especially true of the external walls, with their arches, pillars, cornices.
Passing through one of the three arches of this portal we come to the noble choir.The Spell of Flanders|Edward Neville Vose
British Dictionary definitions for arches (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for arches (2 of 3)
- 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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British Dictionary definitions for arches (3 of 3)
Derived Formsarchly, adverbarchness, noun
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In architecture, a curved or pointed opening that spans a doorway, window, or other space.