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Definition 1: (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it - [noun denoting artifact]

(arch is a kind of ...) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch supported by an abutment

(... is a kind of arch ) an undecorated arch that is included in order to strengthen or support a construction

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch that supports part of the wall

(... is a kind of arch ) a shallow arch; an arch that is less than a semicircle

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch consisting of a horizontal lintel supported at each end by corbels that project into the aperture

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch whose height is less than half its width

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch whose jambs are not at right angles with the face

(... is a kind of arch ) a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch built between trimmers in a floor (to support the weight of a hearth)

(... is a kind of arch ) a monumental archway; usually they are built to commemorate some notable victory

(... is a kind of arch ) a low elliptical or pointed arch; usually drawn from four centers

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch that is formed with more than one concentric row of voussoirs

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch formed in a continuous curve; characteristic of Roman architecture

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch whose support is higher on one side than on the other

(... is a kind of arch ) the arch over the opening in the proscenium wall

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch with a pointed apex; characteristic of Gothic architecture

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch supported on piers

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch with mutually supporting voussoirs that has a straight horizontal extrados and intrados

(... is a kind of arch ) (architecture) an arch constructed of masonry courses that are corbelled until they meet

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch with a gap at the apex; the gap is usually filled with some decoration

(... is a kind of arch ) an arch with a straight horizontal extrados and a slightly arched intrados

(arch is a part of ...) wedge-shaped stone building block used in constructing an arch or vault

(arch is a part of ...) the lowest stone in an arch -- from which it springs

(arch is a part of ...) the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

(... is part of arch) a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.

(... is part of arch) a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns

(... is part of arch) a conduit that resembles a bridge but carries water over a valley

(arch belongs to category ...) the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings

"architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"

Definition 2: a passageway under a curved masonry construction - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where arch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory

Synonyms for arch in the sense of this definition

(arch is a kind of ...) something that provides access (to get in or get out)

"they waited at the entrance to the garden" "beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral"

(... is part of arch) an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure

"the south wall had a small window" "the walls were covered with pictures"

Definition 3: a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet) - [noun denoting body]

(arch is a kind of ...) any structure created by the skeleton of an organism

(... is a kind of arch ) the short lateral arch formed by the heads of the metatarsals

(... is a kind of arch ) the arch of the foot

(... is a kind of arch ) the bony arch formed by the collarbones and shoulder blades in humans

(... is a kind of arch ) a structure arising ventrally from a vertebral centrum and enclosing the caudal blood vessels

(... is a kind of arch ) a structure arising dorsally from a vertebral centrum and enclosing the spinal cord

Definition 4: a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening - [noun denoting shape]

(arch is a kind of ...) the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

Definition 5: form an arch or curve - [verb of motion]

Samples where arch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her back arches
  • her hips curve nicely

Synonyms for arch in the sense of this definition

(arch is a kind of ...) form a curve

"The stick does not bend"

(... is a kind of arch ) curve upward in the middle

Definition 6: naughtily or annoyingly playful - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where arch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • teasing and worrying with impish laughter
  • a wicked prank

Synonyms for arch in the sense of this definition

(arch is similar to ...) full of fun and high spirits

"playful children just let loose from school"

Definition 7: (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for arch in the sense of this definition

(arch is similar to ...) of or characteristic of high rank or importance

"a superior ruler"

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