Verb arch Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

To form into an arch shape To cover with an arch or arches.

More definition:

1.Architecture. a curved masonry construction for spanning an opening, consisting of a number of wedgelike stones, bricks, or the like, set with the narrower side toward the opening in such a way that forces on the arch are transmitted as vertical or oblique stresses on either side of the opening. an upwardly curved construction, as of steel or timber functioning in the manner of a masonry arch. a doorway, gateway, etc., having a curved head; an archway. the curved head of an opening, as a doorway.

2.any overhead curvature resembling an arch.

3.something bowed or curved; any bowlike part, the arch of the foot.

4.a device inserted in or built into shoes for supporting the arch of the foot.

5.a dam construction having the form of a barrel vault running vertically with its convex face toward the impounded water.

6.Glassmaking. a chamber or opening in a glassmaking furnace. pot arch. cover with a vault, or span with an arch, the rude bridge that arched the flood. throw or make into the shape of an arch or vault; curve, The horse arched its neck. form an arch, elms arching over the road.

10.Nautical. hog (def 14).

1.playfully roguish or mischievous, an arch smile.

2.cunning; crafty; sly.

3.Obsolete. a person who is preeminent; a chief.








8.archive; archives.

1.a combining form that represents the outcome of archi- in words borrowed through Latin from Greek in the Old English period; it subsequently became a productive form added to nouns of any origin, which thus denote individuals or institutions directing or having authority over others of their class (archbishop; archdiocese; archpriest). More recently, arch-1,has developed the senses “principal” (archenemy; archrival) or “prototypical” and thus exemplary or extreme (archconservative); nouns so formed are almost always pejorative.

1.variant of archi- before a vowel, archangel; archenteron.


1.a combining form meaning “chief, leader, ruler,” used in the formation of compound words, monarch; matriarch; heresiarch.

1. a curved structure, normally in the vertical plane, that spans an opening

2. Also called archway. a structure in the form of an arch that serves as a gateway

3. something curved like an arch

4.any of various parts or structures of the body having a curved or archlike outline, such as the transverse portion of the aorta (arch of the aorta) or the raised bony vault formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones (arch of the foot) one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several curved ridges one above the other Compare loop1 (sense 10a), whorl (sense 3)verb

5. (transitive) to span (an opening) with an arch

6. to form or cause to form an arch or a curve resembling that of an arch, the cat arched its back

7. (transitive) to span or extend over, the bridge arched the flooded stream Word OriginC14, from Old French arche, from Vulgar Latin arca (unattested), from Latin arcus bow, arc arch2 /ɑːtʃ/ adjective
1. (prenominal) chief; principal; leading, his arch rival

2. (prenominal) very experienced; expert, an arch criminal

3. knowing or superior

4. playfully or affectedly roguish or mischievous Derived Formsarchly, adverbarchness, noun Word OriginC16, independent use of arch- arch- combining form
1. chief; principal; of highest rank, archangel, archbishop, archduke

2. eminent above all others of the same kind; extreme, archenemy, archfiend, archfool Word Originultimately from Greek arkhi-, from arkhein to rule arch. abbreviation
1. archaic

2. archaism -arch combining form
1. leader; ruler; chief, patriarch, monarch, heresiarch Word Originfrom Greek -arkhēs, from arkhein to rule; compare arch-Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300, from Old French arche "arch of a bridge" (12c.), from Latin arcus "a bow" (see arc). Replaced native bow (n.1). Originally architectural in English; transferred by early 15c. to anything having this form (eyebrows, etc.).
1540s, "chief, principal," from prefix arch-; used in 12c. archangel, etc., but extended to so many derogatory uses (arch-rogue, arch-knave, etc.) that by mid-17c. it acquired a meaning of "roguish, mischievous," since softened to "saucy." Also found in archwife (late 14c.), variously defined as "a wife of a superior order" or "a dominating woman, virago."
early 14c., "to form an arch" (implied in arched); c.1400, "to furnish with an arch," from arch (n.). Related, Arching.
also archi-, word-forming element meaning "chief, principal; extreme, ultra; early, primitive," from Latinized form of Greek arkh-, arkhi- "first, chief, primeval," comb. form of arkhos "chief" (see archon).
word-forming element meaning "a ruler," from Greek arkhos "leader, chief, ruler," from arkhe "beginning, origin, first place" (see archon).

1. archaic

2. archaism

3. archery

4. archipelago

5. architect

6. architectural

7. architecture

8. archives Arch. archbishop The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third EditionCopyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Cite This Source


An arch separated it from a large living room with a huge fireplace.

Though still arch, his tone had softened enough to show her he wasn't unaffected by her genuine words.

Another vision, one of the Arch through the branches of a tree.

Surprisingly, Fred O'Connor, arch fan of any hint of mystery, remained uninterested in the Donald Ryland-Edith Shipton-Jerome Shipton triangle.

"I'm actually learning from him, Sirian," was Rissa's arch response.

She'd almost crossed the threshold where she was his; he felt her body start to arch under the sensations.

Both it and the arch are built of Istrian stone.

In the morning, as soon as it was daylight, he resolved to take a walk and try to find some grass for breakfast; so he ambled calmly through the handsome arch of the doorway, turned the corner of the palace, wherein all seemed asleep, and came face to face with the Sawhorse.

If you visit Rome and make your way to the Forum, nearby you will see the Arch of Titus.

Your body is not so handsomely formed, and there is no proud look in your face, and your neck does not arch, Besides, your long ears make you look a little funny.

Once it chanced that I stood in the very abutment of a rainbow's arch, which filled the lower stratum of the atmosphere, tinging the grass and leaves around, and dazzling me as if I looked through colored crystal.

Pierre well knew this large room divided by columns and an arch, its walls hung round with Persian carpets.

Yes, on my word, it's Bezukhov! said Natasha, putting her head out of the carriage and staring at a tall, stout man in a coachman's long coat, who from his manner of walking and moving was evidently a gentleman in disguise, and who was passing under the arch of the Sukharev tower accompanied by a small, sallow-faced, beardless old man in a frieze coat.

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