arch
Pronunciation
  • (GA) enPR: ärch, IPA: /ɑɹt͡ʃ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɑːt͡ʃ/
  • (by analogy to arc, nonstandard) IPA: /ɑɹ˞k/, /ɑːk/
Noun

arch (plural arches)

  1. An inverted U shape.
  2. An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
  3. (architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
  4. Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
    to pass into the arch of a bridge
  5. (archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
  6. A natural arch-shaped opening in a rock mass.
  7. (anatomy) Curved part of the bottom of a foot.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: свод
  • Spanish: puente
Verb

arch (arches, present participle arching; past and past participle arched)

  1. To form into an arch shape
    The cat arched its back
  2. To cover with an arch or arches.
Translations
  • Portuguese: arquear
  • Russian: изгиба́ться дуга
  • Spanish: arquear
Adjective

arch (comparative archer, superlative archest)

  1. 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.
    • 1912 January, Zane Grey, chapter 3, in Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219 ↗:
      Lassiter ended there with dry humor, yet behind that was meaning. Jane blushed and made arch eyes at him.
  2. Principal; primary.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      the most arch act of piteous massacre
    They were arch enemies.
Translations Translations Noun

arch (plural arches)

  1. (obsolete) A chief.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      My worthy arch and patron comes to-night.
Related terms
ARCH
Adjective

arch (not comparable)

  1. (statistics) Initialism of autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity

Arch
Proper noun
  1. A male given name.



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