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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb arc:

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Definition of the noun arc

What does arc mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: arcs

  1. electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
  2. a continuous portion of a circle
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic terms: curve / curved shape = the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
    • more specific word: limb = the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles
    • part of: circle = ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; sector = a plane figure bounded by two radii and the included arc of a circle
  3. something curved in shape
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of arc: bow
    • more generic terms: curve / curved shape = the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
    • more specific word: rainbow = an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain

Alternative definition of the noun arc


  1. [astronomy] That part of a circle which a heavenly body appears to pass through as it moves above and below the horizon. [definition from 14th c.]
  2. [geometry] A continuous part of the circumference of a circle (circular arc) or of an other curve. [definition from 16th c.]
  3. A curve, in general. [definition from 17th c.]
  4. A band contained within parallel curves, or something of that shape. [definition from 17th c.]
  5. [context: electrics] A flow of current across an insulating medium; especially a hot, luminous discharge between either two electrodes or as lightning. [definition from 19th c.]
  6. A story arc. [definition from 20th c.]
  7. [mathematics] A continuous mapping from a real interval (typically [0, 1]) into a space.
  8. [graph theory] A directed edge.

Definition of the verb arc

What does arc mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: arcked, arcking

  1. form an arch or curve
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of arc: arch / curve
    • more generic words: bend / flex = form a curve
    • more specific word: camber = curve upward in the middle

Alternative definition of the verb arc


  1. [intransitive] To move following a curved path.
  2. [intransitive] To form an electrical arc.


  1. The Arc is a 128-kilometre-long river in the Savoie département of south-eastern France. It is a left tributary of the Isère River, which it joins at Chamousset, approximately 15 km downstream from Albertville. Its source is near the border with Italy, in the Graian Alps, northeast of Bonneval-sur-Arc. The valley of the Arc, the Maurienne, is an important transport artery between France and Italy.
    • also known as Arc river
    • part of Savoie
  2. The Arc is an 83 km long river in the south of France. It arises at an altitude of 470 m, close to the village of Pourcieux. It then passes through Aix-en-Provence before flowing into the Étang de Berre, a lake to the west of Marseille.
  3. ARC a.k.a. American River College is a California community college located in the unincorporated area of Sacramento, California in northern Sacramento County, California.
  4. Arc a.k.a. Arctic Village Airport is a public use airport located one nautical mile southwest of the central business district of Arctic Village, a Native American village in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is owned by the Venetie Tribal Government.

There are other places with in their name, like Des Arc, Sunda Arc, Bois D'Arc, Arc-lès-Gray, Arc de Triomf, Arc of Elvira, Arc-et-Senans, Arc-sur-Tille, Arc-sous-Cicon, Arc de Triomphe, Arc-sous-Montenot, Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, Bois D’Arc Township, Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, Maison de Jeanne d'Arc, Church of St Joan of Arc, Central America Volcanic Arc, Lesser Antilles Volcanic Arc.


  1. ARC is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "Radio Sputnik", "Blaze", "Arcturus", "Fracture", "Octane", "Church"
  2. ARC is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "Glassine 1", "The Circle Is Not Round", "Arkhangelsk", "Feral"
  3. Arc is a musical group.
  4. ARC is a musical group.
    • album: "... At This"

There are other groups with in their name, like Arc Lab, Old Arc, Arc Iris, Arc Angel, Arc Gotic, Arc-turus, l'arc six, Arc Angels, Arc-en-ciel, ARC Ensemble, Arc in Round, Arc of Doves, Arc of Light, Janne Da Arc, Arc of Ascent, L'arc En Ciel, L'Arc-en-Ciel, The ARC Choir and The Mercury Arc.


ARC a.k.a. Artists Recording Collective is an independent music label brand and 21st Century music business model that was created by professional musicians for professional musicians. It provides a platform for member projects and activities to reach a global audience. Based largely on using the Internet, digital music distribution and related technologies, Artists Recording Collective provides an alternative to the traditional recording industry and music promotion business models.


Arc is a fictional character from Petite Princess Yucie.


  1. "Arc" is a live album of feedback, guitar noise, and vocal fragments that was realized from various shows on the 1991 Neil Young and Crazy Horse US tour, which was originally released with Weld in a special-edition 3-CD set called Arc-Weld.
  2. "Arc" is the second studio album by British indie pop band Everything Everything. It was released in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2013, having been preceded by the singles "Cough Cough" and "Kemosabe".
  3. "Arc" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Arc" is a musical album of Parched.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  5. "arc" is a musical single of UNDER NINE.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  6. "Arc" is a musical album of Jimmy Haslip.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  7. "Arc" is a musical EP of The Most Dangerous Race.
  8. "Arc" is a composition.
  9. "Arc" is a composition.
  10. "Arc" is a composition that was nominated for Best Classical Composition in the 2000 Juno Awards.
  11. "Arc" is a musical album that was nominated for Best Global Album in the 1998 Juno Awards.
  12. "Arc" is a song by the rock group Pearl Jam off of the band's 2002 album, Riot Act. It is the fourteenth track on the album.


"Arc" is a book by Andrew Mossin.


  1. "Arc" is a film, directed by Robert Ethan Gunnerson.
  2. "Arc" is a film, directed by Max Doyle.
    • genre: Drama
    • released in (4 years ago)


  1. ARC is a Dutch association football club from Alphen aan den Rijn. The club, established in 1927, is in the Topklasse, the third tier of football in the Netherlands. ARC won the title in the Saturday Hoofdklasse A division in the 1997–98 season.
  2. Arc is a dialect of the Lisp programming language now under development by Paul Graham and Robert Morris.
  3. Arc, for activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein, is a plasticity protein first characterized in 1995. Arc is a member of the immediate-early gene family, a rapidly activated class of genes functionally defined by their ability to be transcribed in the presence of protein synthesis inhibitors. Arc mRNA is localized to activated synaptic sites in an NMDA receptor-dependent manner, where the newly translated protein is believed to play a critical role in learning and memory-related molecular processes. Arc is widely considered to be an important protein in neurobiology because of its activity regulation, localization, and utility as a marker for plastic changes in the brain. Disfunctions in the production of Arc protein has been implicated as an important factor in understanding of various neurological conditions including: Amnesia; Alzheimer's disease; Autism spectrum disorders; and, Fragile X syndrome. Along with other IEGs such as zif268 and Homer 1a, Arc is also a significant tool for systems neuroscience as illustrated by the development of the cellular compartment analysis of temporal activity by fluorescence in situ hybridization, or catFISH technique.
  4. ARC is a lossless data compression and archival format by System Enhancement Associates. It was very popular during the early days of networked dial-up BBS. The file format and the program were both called ARC. The ARC program made obsolete the previous use of a combination of the SQ program to compress files and the LU program to create .LBR archives, by combining both compression and archiving functions into a single program. Unlike ZIP, ARC is incapable of compressing entire directory trees. The format was subject to controversy in the 1980s—an important event in debates over what would later be known as open formats.
  5. The Arc is a number of Bahá'í administrative buildings at the Bahá'í World Centre on Mount Carmel located at Haifa, Israel. They include the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, the Seat of the International Teaching Centre, the International Archives, and the Centre for the Study of the Sacred Texts. A fifth building, the International Bahá'í Library, has yet to be built.
  6. ARC a.k.a. Advanced Resource Connector is a grid computing middleware introduced by NorduGrid. It provides a common interface for submission of computational tasks to different distributed computing systems and thus can enable grid infrastructures of varying size and complexity. ARC includes data staging and caching functionality, developed in order to support data-intensive grid computing. ARC is an open source software distributed under the Apache License.
  7. Arc: A arc in finite projective geometry is a set of points which satisfies, in an intuitive way, a feature of curved figures in continuous geometries. Loosely speaking, they are sets of points that are far from "line-like" in a plane or far from "plane-like" in a three-dimensional space. In this finite setting it is typical to include the number of points in the set in the name, so these simple arcs are called k-arcs. An important generalization of the k-arc concept, also referred to as arcs in the literature, are the-arcs.
  8. Arc is a TV program, begun in (6 years ago).
  9. ARC is a 2013 Telly Award winner.
    • also known as Advertising Resources & Consulting, Advertising Resources & Consulting LLC
    • award:
      • Telly Award for Local TV & Local Cable Commercial - Insurance - "West Bend - Stories of the Silver Lining"
      • Telly Award for Local TV & Local Cable Commercial - Editing - "West Bend - Stories of the Silver Lining"
  10. Arc is a school, educational institution.
  11. Arc is a software.
  12. Arc a.k.a. SCO1648 is a gene.
  13. Arc is a protein.
    • also known as Arg3.1, Arc3.1, KIAA0278, Activity regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein, Activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Arc

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Google previewFacing Challenges of Talent & Olympiad for in Science & Mathematics (2014)

For Class-X by Virinder Kumar Bhargava

An arc is any part of a circle. 15. Chords...

Google previewThe Computist's Manual of Facts (1853)

And Merchant's and Mechanic's Calculator and Guide; Or, A Complete Library of Numerical, Arithmetical and Mathematical Facts, Tables, Data, Formulas and Practical Rules, for the General Business Man, Merchant, Mechanic and Accountant by Ezra S. Winslow

An Arc is any portion of the circumference, as B c a, or h D g.

Google previewThe Computist's Manual of Facts, and Merchant's and Mechanic's Calculator and Guide (1855)

by Ezra S. Winslow

An Arc is any portion of the circumference, as B c a, or h D g.

Google previewDictionary of Film Terms (2006)

The Aesthetic Companion to Film Art by Frank Eugene Beaver

The arc shot provides a varied perspective of the photographed scene by partially or totally circling characters or objects, for example, the filming of the principal characters in a picnic scene in the adult thriller, Consenting Adults ( 1993, photo ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

minus the absolute risk of events in the control group (ARC): ARI = ART–ARC. Same as RISK DIFFERENCE. Also, the proportion ...

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Quotes about Arc

One survey found that ten percent of Americans thought Joan of Arc was Noah's wife.... (Robert Whitney Boynton)
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Scrabble value of A1R1C3

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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