- 1A curved symmetrical structure spanning an opening and typically supporting the weight of a bridge, roof, or wall above it.More example sentences
- The result brings to mind support structures for vaulted arches (for instance Gaudi's Sagrada Familia).
- The arches supporting the weight above still held as strong as the day they were built.
- The primary structure of steel arches was chosen to span a cavernous underground cistern, part of the city's drainage system, and avoid underwater foundations.
- 1.1An arch forming a monument or ornamental feature: a triumphal archMore example sentences
- That feature most symbolic of entrance, the triumphal arch, is to be found only at the foot of the Capitol, where the ancient texts place it.
- Pusading's ornamental arch has a pair of stone lions and the stone wall facing them was apparently built to block their vision.
- The Corinthia consists of two curving towers, one slightly taller than the other, linked by a cavernous reception area topped by a triumphal arch.
- 1.2A shape resembling an arch: the delicate arch of his eyebrowsMore example sentences
- The Helium filled balloons which had formed an arch of honour over the entrance gate were tied to the two coaches and accompanying cars to make for a colourful entryway.
- At the church entrance John's rowing companions formed an arch of oars, under which John's remains passed.
- Under the arch of her eyebrows, her wide brown eyes glowed with their vague hint of secrecy, their quiet incandescence.
- 1.3The inner side of the foot: the muscles in the arch of my right foot suddenly seized upMore example sentences
- Start off by massaging your entire foot - heel, arch and toes.
- Flat feet, low arches, and loose ligaments also contribute to the formation of bunions.
- Most of it's standard - obviously if you spend a lot of time crouched over, you'll have a sore back - but I'm slightly worried that the arches of my feet hurt.
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- 1Have the curved shape of an arch: a beautiful bridge that arched over a canalMore example sentences
- And the tree grew thick, leafy branches that arched over the boy.
- But the reward was generous - a tremulous rainbow arched over the mountains, shaggy with greenery.
- All of a sudden, the sky cleared, became blue and a perfect rainbow arched over me with one end in the sand.
- 1.1Form or cause to form the curved shape of an arch: [no object]: her eyebrows arched in surprise [with object]: she arched her back
Middle English: from Old French arche, based on Latin arcus 'bow'.
- Deliberately or affectedly playful and teasing: a somewhat arch tone of voiceMore example sentences
- If my arch tone suggests some skepticism about his sincerity, it's not meant to.
- Instinctive, impulsive melodies meet melancholia and melodrama in gay tales of arch commentary and frank observation.
- They have made six shimmering albums packed with arch observations, yet their world remains small, their vision unique.
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- ‘You will observe,’ wrote Jawaharlal Nehru archly to a Cabinet colleague, ‘that we have disturbed the hornet's nest and I believe most of us are likely to be badly stung.’
- ‘Of course I have,’ she countered archly, ‘you just forgot.’
- ‘He thinks it's ostentatious,’ says Boss archly.
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- The archness doesn't really get in the way of the crime fighting, but it does lift this book from potentially boring to perfectly diversionary summer reading.
- There is no archness in the presentation of this stuff; it does not read with a hint of irony, it has no sly jokes between the lines, no punchlines whatsoever.
- I found this a satisfying device, teetering on archness, but successful in maintaining a playful tone.
mid 17th century: from arch-, by association with the sense 'rogue' in combinations such as arch-scoundrel.