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OTHER WORDS FROM archingun·arch·ing, adjective
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Definition for arching (2 of 2)
- 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
Example sentences from the Web for arching
The male approached, erecting his fins and arching his body to the left.Fishes of the Big Blue River Basin, Kansas|W. L. Minckley
He drew up under the arching elms with the glare of their headlights focussed upon the closed garage doors.Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings|Dorothy Wayne
That great smooth groinery of the Pennsylvania Station train shed: is it not the arching fronds of iron palm trees?Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
The pony, under the sting of the unexpected blow, leaped into the air with arching back and a squeal of rage.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas|Frank Gee Patchin
Mostly they burrowed in the chaff, or stood about humped and shivering—only on sunny days did their arching backs subside.A Son of the Middle Border|Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for arching (1 of 2)
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for arching (2 of 2)
Derived forms of archarchly, adverbarchness, noun
Word Origin for arch
Medical definitions for arching
Cultural definitions for arching
In architecture, a curved or pointed opening that spans a doorway, window, or other space.