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archer

[ahr-cher] /ˈɑr tʃər/
noun
1.
a person who shoots with a bow and arrow; bowman.
2.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Sagittarius.
3.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French archier < Late Latin arcuārius, equivalent to arcu-, stem of arcus bow (see arc) + -ārius -ary

Archer

[ahr-cher] /ˈɑr tʃər/
noun
1.
William, 1856–1924, Scottish playwright, drama critic, and translator.
2.
a male given name.

arch2

[ahrch] /ɑrtʃ/
adjective
1.
playfully roguish or mischievous:
an arch smile.
2.
cunning; crafty; sly.
noun
3.
Obsolete. a person who is preeminent; a chief.
Origin
independent use of arch-1
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Examples for archer
  • archer decided that shaw could not write a play, so the project was abandoned.
  • The green archer was a wellregarded serial in the days of silent cinema.
  • This is often one fluid motion which tends to vary from archer to archer.
  • The archer begins at the first station of the target and shoots his first arrow.
  • He immediately fled on horseback, but was killed by a bodyguard archer.
  • A recurve crossbow is a bow that has tips curving away from the archer.
British Dictionary definitions for archer

archer

/ˈɑːtʃə/
noun
1.
a person skilled in the use of a bow and arrow
Word Origin
C13: from Old French archier, from Late Latin arcārius, from Latin arcus bow

Archer1

/ˈɑːtʃə/
noun
1.
the Archer, the constellation Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac

Archer2

/ˈɑːtʃə/
noun
1.
Frederick Scott. 1813–57, British inventor and sculptor. He developed (1851) the wet collodion photographic process, enabling multiple copies of pictures to be made
2.
Jeffrey (Howard), Baron Archer of Weston-Super-Mare. born 1940, British novelist and Conservative politician. He was an MP from 1969 until 1974. His novels include Kane and Abel (1979), Honour Among Thieves (1993), and The Fourth Estate (1996): from 2001 to 2003 he was imprisoned for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice
3.
William. 1856–1924, Scottish critic and dramatist: made the first English translations of Ibsen

arch1

/ɑːtʃ/
noun
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.
  1. 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)
  2. one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several curved ridges one above the other Compare loop1 (sense 10a), whorl (sense 3)
verb
5.
(transitive) 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.
(transitive) to span or extend over the bridge arched the flooded stream
Word Origin
C14: from Old French arche, from Vulgar Latin arca (unattested), from Latin arcus bow, arc

arch2

/ɑːtʃ/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) chief; principal; leading his arch rival
2.
(prenominal) very experienced; expert an arch criminal
3.
knowing or superior
4.
playfully or affectedly roguish or mischievous
Derived Forms
archly, adverb
archness, noun
Word Origin
C16: independent use of arch-
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Word Origin and History for archer
n.

late 13c., from Anglo-French archer, Old French archier "archer, bowmaker," from Latin arcarius, from arcus "bow" (see arc). Also a 17c. name for the bishop in chess.

arch

n.

c.1300, from Old French arche "arch of a bridge" (12c.), from Latin arcus "a bow" (see arc). Replaced native bow (n.1). Originally architectural in English; transferred by early 15c. to anything having this form (eyebrows, etc.).

adj.

1540s, "chief, principal," from prefix arch-; used in 12c. archangel, etc., but extended to so many derogatory uses (arch-rogue, arch-knave, etc.) that by mid-17c. it acquired a meaning of "roguish, mischievous," since softened to "saucy." Also found in archwife (late 14c.), variously defined as "a wife of a superior order" or "a dominating woman, virago."

v.

early 14c., "to form an arch" (implied in arched); c.1400, "to furnish with an arch," from arch (n.). Related: Arching.

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archer in Medicine

arch (ärch)
n.
An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.

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archer in Culture

arch definition


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.
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archer in the Bible

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.)


a shooter with the bow (1 Chr. 10:3). This art was of high antiquity (Gen. 21:20; 27:3). Saul was wounded by the Philistine archers (1 Sam. 31:3). The phrase "breaking the bow" (Hos. 1:5; Jer. 49:35) is equivalent to taking away one's power, while "strengthening the bow" is a symbol of its increase (Gen. 49:24). The Persian archers were famous among the ancients (Isa. 13:18; Jer. 49:35; 50:9, 14, 29, 42. (See BOW ØT0000631).

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