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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Definitions for arcane

  1. Understood or known by only a few.

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Citations for arcane
There are other arcane traditions that seem like superstitions to us, or, perhaps, are simply lost in translation. Some cyclists, for instance, believe that riders should shower instead of bathe because in some way water weight from baths is absorbed. Allen Barra, Wall Street Journal
While addressing a problem in the arcane field of mathematical logic, he imagined a machine that could mimic human reasoning. Paul Gray, Time Pacific
Origin of arcane
Arcane comes from Latin arcanus, "shut, closed, secret," from arca, "chest, box."