forming an arch above: great trees with overarching branches.
encompassing or overshadowing everything: The community's overarching needs are more jobs and better housing.

Origin of overarching

First recorded in 1710–20; overarch + -ing2



verb (used with object)

to span with or like an arch: A new bridge overarches the river.

verb (used without object)

to form an arch over something: a cerulean sky overarching in the early twilight.

Origin of overarch

First recorded in 1660–70; over- + arch1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for overarching

Contemporary Examples of overarching

Historical Examples of overarching

British Dictionary definitions for overarching



overall; all-encompassingan overarching concept



(tr) to form an arch over
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for overarching

1720, from present participle of verb overarch (1660s), from over- + arch (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper