- 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
- to span with or like an arch: A new bridge overarches the river.
- to form an arch over something: a cerulean sky overarching in the early twilight.
Origin of overarch
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Examples from the Web for overarching
They claimed that the lack of an overarching policy on concussions put their health at risk.Will the NCAA Let Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge Die in Vain?
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In the current crisis, Obama has articulated no overarching cause, no doctrine about defending freedom and democracy.Arab Kings vs. ISIS Barbarians
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To dwell on that for a moment is to get a sharp taste of the overarching issue that Liberty Ridge raises for us.Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment
August 22, 2014
Yes, I get that Always is attempting to build large, overarching connections between girls getting older and losing self-esteem.Yes, Always’s ‘Like a Girl’ Campaign Is Great—but It’s Also Deceptive
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Just what that is—and whodunit—remains the overarching plot that carries an electric current throughout the action.‘Broadchurch’: This British Murder Mystery Will Be Your Next Television Obsession
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Ahead, overarching the road, appeared a grey mass that all but choked the gorge.The Long Roll
He had plunged down the path beneath the overarching clematis.Major Vigoureux
A. T. Quiller-Couch
The deep blue of the overarching skies were embroidered, as it were, with fleecy clouds.
“Plenty cocoa-nuts,” she said, pointing with her pencil to the overarching trees.Blown to Bits
From, its roof I saw two rainbows, overarching that lovely country.At Home And Abroad
Margaret Fuller Ossoli
- overall; all-encompassingan overarching concept
- (tr) to form an arch over
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Word Origin and History for overarching
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