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Definition of arch:

  1. A chief.
  2. A flat arch is a member constructed of stones cut into wedges or other shapes so as to support each other without rising in a curve.
  3. Any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the aorta.
  4. Any part of a curved line.
  5. Any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into the arch of a bridge.
  6. Chief; eminent; greatest; principal.
  7. Cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an arch look, word, lad.
  8. To cover with an arch or arches.
  9. To form into an arch; to curve.
  10. To form or bend into the shape of an arch.
  11. Usually a curved member made up of separate wedge- shaped solids, with the joints between them disposed in the direction of the radii of the curve; used to support the wall or other weight above an opening. In this sense arches are segmental, round ( i. e., semicircular), or pointed.


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