Arch Definition

ärch
arched, arches, arching, archer, archest
noun
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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Any similar structure, as a monument.
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Anything shaped like an arch.
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The form of an arch.
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A curve with the ends down and the middle up.
The arch of a raised eyebrow.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
straightness
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verb
arched, arches, arching
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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To form an arch.
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To bend backward.
The dancers alternately arched and hunched their backs.
American Heritage
To span as an arch.
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Synonyms:
arccurveoverarchembowvaultspanogiveogeehumpfornicationconcamerate.--n. concamerationbridgebowbendarch over
Antonyms:
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adjective
archer, archest
Main; chief; principal.
The arch villain.
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Clever; crafty.
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Gaily mischievous; pert.
An arch look.
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Teasing, ironic, or sardonic.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
inferior
abbreviation
Archaic.
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Archaism.
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Archipelago.
Webster's New World
Architecture.
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Architect.
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prefix
Chief; highest; most important.
Archenemy.
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Extreme or most characteristic of its kind.
Archconservative.
American Heritage
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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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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suffix
Ruler; leader.
Matriarch.
American Heritage
affix
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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anagram
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Other Word Forms of Arch

Noun

Singular:
arch
Plural:
arches

Adjective

Base Form:
arch
Comparative:
archer
Superlative:
archest

Origin of Arch

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 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 Ancient Greek ἀρχαῖος (arkhaios, “ancient”, “primitive”), from ἀρχή (arkhē, “beginning”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From arch–

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

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