Arch meaning

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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.

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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.

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A curve with the ends down and the middle up.

The arch of a raised eyebrow.

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​ Knowing, clever, mischievous.
  • Tatler.
    [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.

I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.

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Clever; crafty.
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A usually curved structure forming the upper edge of an open space and supporting the weight above it, as in a bridge or doorway.
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A structure, such as a freestanding monument, shaped like an inverted U.
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An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.
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To provide with an arch.

Arch a passageway.

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To cause to form an arch or similar curve.
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To bend backward.

The dancers alternately arched and hunched their backs.

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To span.
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To form an arch or archlike curve.

The high fly ball arched toward the stands.

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Chief; principal.

Their arch foe.

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Any similar structure, as a monument.
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To span as an arch.
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To form an arch.
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Main; chief; principal.

The arch villain.

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Gaily mischievous; pert.

An arch look.

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Archaic.
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Archipelago.
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Architecture.
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Main, chief, principal.

Archangel, archenemy; archduke.

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Prototypical or extreme.

Archconservative.

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Ruler.

Matriarch, monarch.

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(ARCHitecture) The CPU that a Linux distribution runs on. An AltArch (alternative arch) refers to an optional CPU for a particular version. See Linux distribution.
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​An inverted U shape.
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An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
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​(architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch.
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Any place covered by an arch; an archway.

To pass into the arch of a bridge.

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(archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
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To form into an arch shape.

The cat arched its back.

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To cover with an arch or arches.
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(obsolete) A chief.
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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.

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Archipelago.
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Chief; highest; most important.

Archenemy.

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Extreme or most characteristic of its kind.

Archconservative.

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Ruler; leader.

Matriarch.

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A curved structure, as of masonry, that supports the weight of material over an open space, as in a bridge, doorway, etc.
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The form of an arch.
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Anything shaped like an arch.
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An archlike anatomical part; specif., the natural arch of the human foot, formed by the instep and the central, concave portion of the sole.
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To provide with an arch or arches.
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To cause to take the form of an arch; curve or bend.
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An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.
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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.

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Origin of arch

  • ME arche- < OE arce- < L archi-, arch- < Gr archos, first, ruler < archein, begin, rule

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • < Gr archos: see arch-

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English -arche from Old French from Late Latin -archa from Latin -archēs from Greek -arkhēs from arkhos ruler from arkhein to rule

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English arche- from Old English ærce- and from Old French arche- both from Latin archi- from Greek arkhi- archi-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French arche from Vulgar Latin arca from Latin arcus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From arch–

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French arche (“an arch”) (French arche), a feminine form of arc, from Latin arcus (“a bow, arc, arch”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin archi-, from Ancient Greek ἀρχι- (archi-), from ἄρχω (archō, “to begin, to lead, to rule, to govern").

    From Wiktionary

  • From the prefix arch-. "Principal" is the original sense; "mischievous" is via onetime frequent collocation with rogue, knave, etc.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek ἀρχαῖος (arkhaios, “ancient”, “primitive”), from ἀρχή (arkhē, “beginning”).

    From Wiktionary