Definition of ark in English:
1.1 archaic A ship or boat.
- So many of the chapters offer versions of the ark, boats built for human survival against the storms of God and/or nature.
- And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
- Irving Berlin sailed in his beloved ark to the age of 101.
2 short for Ark of the Covenant.
2.1 (also Holy Ark) A chest or cupboard housing the Torah scrolls in a synagogue.
- Surprisingly, similar domes were found on the two Holy Arks in Livorno on the western coast of Italy.
- The woodwork of the Aron Hakodesh, the Holy Ark in which the Torah is stored, is original.
- The bold phrase from the Psalms stands in relief over most Holy Arks in the synagogues.
3 (also ark shell) A small bivalve mollusc which attaches itself to rocks with byssus threads.
- Order Arcoidea: Arca and other genera
- Our primary goals are to characterize patterns of morphological variation within and between geminate arks and evaluate the utility of shell shape for distinguishing between recent geminate species.
- The oldest records about ark shells are found in Fishery Production List of 1814.
- More than seven species of the Ark shells are found in the Galveston Bay region.
4A low hut used to house livestock, often incorporating a covered run: we reassembled the pig ark in preparation for our spring arrivals poultry arks make useful supervised runs for guinea pigs
More example sentences
- Next to Alf were two brothers who had a larger acreage, and they made it into a poultry farm using mobile arks or hen-houses for the birds.
- The Welsh Black Cattle and Jacob Sheep all graze freely with their young, and the Oxford Sandy and Black Pigs are also free-range, with pig arks for shelter.
- The Government measures aim to reduce the visual impact of shackery (makeshift farm buildings), such as pig arks, caravans and cowsheds.
Old English ærc, from Latin arca 'chest'.
be out of (or have gone out with) the ark
- British informal Be very old-fashioned: the lessons were boring and taught by somebody out of the ark this kind of variety entertainment went out with the arkMore example sentences
- But things didn't go quite according to plan: the big break turned into a permanent career break for the trio, who, over two decades later, come together to relive the past - and some comedy routines that came out of the ark.
- Creases like these went out with the ark and I am not walking down the street like this.
- And besides, jokes about religion went out with the ark and are unlikely to be resurrected in modern Britain.
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