|1.||a curved structure, normally in the vertical plane, that spans an opening|
|2.||Also called: archway a structure in the form of an arch that serves as a gateway|
|3.||something curved like an arch|
|4.||a. any of various parts or structures of the body having a curved or archlike outline, such as the transverse portion of the aorta (arch of the aorta) or the raised bony vault formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones (arch of the foot)|
|b. loop Compare whorl one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several curved ridges one above the other|
|5.||(tr) to span (an opening) with an arch|
|6.||to form or cause to form an arch or a curve resembling that of an arch: the cat arched its back|
|7.||(tr) to span or extend over: the bridge arched the flooded stream|
|[C14: from Old French arche, from Vulgar Latin arca (unattested), from Latin arcus bow, |
An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.
In architecture, a curved or pointed opening that spans a doorway, window, or other space.
Note: The form of arch used in building often serves to distinguish styles of architecture from one another. For example, Romanesque architecture usually employs a round arch, and Gothic architecture, a pointed arch.
an architectural term found only in Ezek. 40:16, 21, 22, 26, 29. There is no absolute proof that the Israelites employed arches in their buildings. The arch was employed in the building of the pyramids of Egypt. The oldest existing arch is at Thebes, and bears the date B.C. 1350. There are also still found the remains of an arch, known as Robinson's Arch, of the bridge connecting Zion and Moriah. (See TYROPOEON VALLEY.)