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arch - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'arch' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Arch [ a.]
- Chief; eminent; greatest; principal.
- Cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an arch look, word, lad.
2 . Arch [ n.]
- Any part of a curved line.
- Usually a curved member made up of separate wedge-shaped solids, with the joints between them disposed in the direction of the radii of the curve; used to support the wall or other weight above an opening. In this sense arches are segmental, round (i. e., semicircular), or pointed.
- A flat arch is a member constructed of stones cut into wedges or other shapes so as to support each other without rising in a curve.
- Any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into the arch of a bridge.
- Any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the aorta.
- A chief.
3 . Arch [ v. i.]
- To form into an arch; to curve.
4 . Arch [ v. t.]
- To cover with an arch or arches.
- To form or bend into the shape of an arch.

Meaning of 'arch' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . arch [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a passageway under a curved masonry construction
Example in sentence:
  • they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory
2 . arch [ v]
Meaning (2):
- form an arch or curve
Example in sentence:
  • her back arches;
  • her hips curve nicely
3 . arch [ s]
Meaning (3):
- naughtily or annoyingly playful
Example in sentence:
  • a wicked prank;
  • teasing and worrying with impish laughter