- An arch is a curved shape that is high in the center with the ends pointing down.
An upside down U is an example of an arch.
- The definition of arch means to be the epitome or consummate of a type.
An example of usage of the prefix arch is in the word archconservative, meaning most representative of a conservative.
- The definition of arch as a prefix means to be primary or first.
An example of usage of the prefix arch- is in the word archenemy, meaning your greatest enemy.
- To arch is defined as to create a curved shape that is higher in the middle, sometimes by moving your body into a position that resembles that shape.
An example of arch is to raise your eyebrows.
- a curved structure, as of masonry, that supports the weight of material over an open space, as in a bridge, doorway, etc.
- any similar structure, as a monument
- the form of an arch
- anything shaped like an arch
- an archlike anatomical part; specif., the natural arch of the human foot, formed by the instep (sense ) and the central, concave portion of the sole
Origin of archMiddle English ; from Old French arche ; from Medieval Latin arca ; from Classical Latin arcus, arch: see arc
- to provide with an arch or arches
- to cause to take the form of an arch; curve or bend
- to span as an arch
- main; chief; principal: the arch villain
- clever; crafty
- gaily mischievous; pert: an arch look
Origin of arch; from arch-; with changed meaning because of use in archknave, archrogue
- main, chief, principal: often used in forming titles of rank: archangel, archenemy; archduke
- prototypical or extreme: archconservative
Origin of arch-Middle English arche- ; from Old English arce- ; from Classical Latin archi-, arch- ; from Classical Greek archos, first, ruler ; from archein, begin, rule
Origin of -arch; from Classical Greek archos: see arch-
- A usually curved structure forming the upper edge of an open space and supporting the weight above it, as in a bridge or doorway.
- A structure, such as a freestanding monument, shaped like an inverted U.
- A curve with the ends down and the middle up: the arch of a raised eyebrow.
- Anatomy An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.
verbarched, arch·ing, arch·es
- To provide with an arch: arch a passageway.
- To cause to form an arch or similar curve.
- To bend backward: The dancers alternately arched and hunched their backs.
- To span: “the rude bridge that arched the flood” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Origin of archMiddle English, from Old French arche, from Vulgar Latin *arca, from Latin arcus.
- Chief; principal: their arch foe.
- a. Mischievous; roguish: “She &ellipsis; was arch enough to inform the queen whenever I committed any folly that she thought would be diverting to her majesty” (Jonathan Swift).b. Teasing, ironic, or sardonic: “I know, Edy Boardman said none too amiably with an arch glance from her shortsighted eyes. I know who is Tommy's sweetheart” (James Joyce).
Origin of archFrom arch–1.
- a. archaicb. archaism
- a. architectb. architecture
- Chief; highest; most important: archenemy.
- Extreme or most characteristic of its kind: archconservative.
Origin of arch-Middle English arche-, from Old English ærce- and from Old French arche-, both from Latin archi-, from Greek arkhi-, archi-.
Origin of -archMiddle English -arche, from Old French, from Late Latin -archa, from Latin -archēs, from Greek -arkhēs, from arkhos, ruler, from arkhein, to rule.
- An inverted U shape.
- An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
- (architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
- Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
- to pass into the arch of a bridge
- (archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
(third-person singular simple present arches, present participle arching, simple past and past participle arched)
- To form into an arch shape
- The cat arched its back
- To cover with an arch or arches.
(comparative archer, superlative archest)
- Knowing, clever, mischievous.
- I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.
- [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
- 1906, O. Henry, By Courier
- A certain melancholy that touched her countenance must have been of recent birth, for it had not yet altered the fine and youthful contours of her cheek, nor subdued the arch though resolute curve of her lips.
- 1912, Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage, Chapter 3
- Lassiter ended there with dry humor, yet behind that was meaning. Jane blushed and made arch eyes at him.
- Principal; primary.
- (obsolete) A chief.
From Latin archi-, from Ancient Greek á¼€ÏÏ‡Î¹- (archi-), from á¼„ÏÏ‡Ï‰ (archÅ, “to begin, to lead, to rule, to govern").
- Archæan (geology)
- archæologic →
- archæologue (archaic)
- archæology →
- archæon (biology)
From Ancient Greek ἀρχαῖος (arkhaios, “ancient”, “primitive”), from ἀρχή (arkhē, “beginning”).