Origin of arching
- 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
Related Words for archingarc, bridge, span, form, extend, stretch, hump, bow, hook, shape, bend, round, hunch, camber
Examples from the Web for arching
Historical Examples of arching
And he saw that he had crawled under the cart and was trying to lift it by arching his back.Master and Man
"That is odd," said the little man, arching his black eyebrows.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
Alone beneath the arching sky, his happiness mounted to the stars.The Wall Between
Sara Ware Bassett
This meant the wreck of “Arching the Gulf;” and Trampy came down with it.
It would have one, a better one, with a finer title: “Arching the Gulf!”
- 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.