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Definition of Arch


  1. Any part of a curved line.
  2. Usually a curved member made up of separate wedge-shaped solids, with the joints between them disposed in the direction of the radii of the curve; used to support the wall or other weight above an opening. In this sense arches are segmental, round (i. e., semicircular), or pointed.
  3. A flat arch is a member constructed of stones cut into wedges or other shapes so as to support each other without rising in a curve.
  4. Any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into the arch of a bridge.
  5. Any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the aorta.
  6. To cover with an arch or arches.
  7. To form or bend into the shape of an arch.
  8. To form into an arch; to curve.
  9. Chief; eminent; greatest; principal.
  10. Cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an arch look, word, lad.
  11. A chief.

Arch Quotations

Without stones there is no arch.
Marco Polo

Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch that matters to me.
Kublai Khan

All experience is an arch, to build upon.
Henry Adams

You say to a brick, 'What do you want, brick?' And brick says to you, 'I like an arch.' And you say to brick, 'Look, I want one, too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.' And then you say: 'What do you think of that, brick?' Brick says: 'I like an arch.'
Louis Kahn

A cigarette is a breathing space. It makes a parenthesis. The time of a cigarette is a parenthesis, and if it is shared, you are both in that parenthesis. It's like a proscenium arch for a dialogue.
John Berger
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Arch Translations

arch in Italian is volta
arch in Latin is arcus, forix, curvo
arch in Spanish is arco, boveda
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