- Archaic a chest or coffer
- an enclosure in a synagogue or temple for the scrolls of the Torah
- a place or thing furnishing protection; refuge
- the huge boat in which Noah, his family, and two of every kind of creature survived the Flood: Gen. 6
- ark of the covenant
- ⌂ a large, flat-bottomed boat formerly used on rivers
Origin of arkOld English earc ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin arca ; from L, a box ; from arcere, to shut up, enclose: see exercise
- often Ark Bible The chest containing the Ten Commandments written on stone tablets, carried by the Hebrews during their desert wanderings. Also called Ark of the Covenant.
- often Ark Judaism The Holy Ark.
- Bible The boat built by Noah for survival during the Flood.
- Nautical A large, commodious boat.
- A shelter or refuge.
Origin of arkMiddle English, from Old English arc, from Germanic *arka, from Latin arca, chest.
From Old English ærc, from Latin arca (“chest, box, coffer”), from arceō (“I enclose”).
- The boat built by the Biblical Noah to carry himself and the animals of the planet during the Flood; (see Noah's Ark)
- The chest carried by the Hebrews containing the stone tablets carved with the Ten Commandments; (see Ark of the Covenant)
- Abbreviation of Arkansas.