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Definition of Arc

Arc

  1. A portion of a curved line; as, the arc of a circle or of an ellipse.
  2. A curvature in the shape of a circular arc or an arch; as, the colored arc (the rainbow); the arc of Hadley's quadrant.
  3. An arch.
  4. The apparent arc described, above or below the horizon, by the sun or other celestial body. The diurnal arc is described during the daytime, the nocturnal arc during the night.
  5. To form a voltaic arc, as an electrical current in a broken or disconnected circuit.

Arc Quotations

The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle.
Nicolaus Copernicus

Sense the blessings of the earth in the perfect arc of a ripe tangerine, the taste of warm, fresh bread, the circling flight of birds, the lavender color of the sky shining in a late afternoon rain puddle, the million times we pass other beings in our cars and shops and out among the trees without crashing, conflict, or harm.
Jack Kornfield

All my games were political games; I was, like Joan of Arc, perpetually being burned at the stake.
Indira Gandhi

Joan of Arc had style. Jesus had style.
Charles Bukowski

The arc of American history almost inevitably moves toward freedom. Whether it's Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, the expansion of women's rights or, now, gay rights, I think there is an almost-inevitable march toward greater civil liberties.
James McGreevey
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Arc Translations

arc in Danish is bue
arc in Dutch is toog, boog
arc in Finnish is kaari
arc in German is Bogen
arc in Italian is arco, emiciclo
arc in Latin is arcus
arc in Portuguese is arco
arc in Spanish is semicirculo
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