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Arch appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Semite films in a gross arch self-flesh crass organism lifetimes.
  • A race made us sing: "I’d no cross, arch, crass or condign issue, Dame Cara".
  • Spasms in a node path to both cranial pates set a plain arch to both taped onanism saps.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun arch:


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

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Definition of the noun arch

What does arch mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: arches

  1. a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening
    • 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
  2. a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet)
  3. a passageway under a curved masonry construction
    • example: they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of arch: archway
    • more generic words: entrance / entranceway / entree / entry / entryway = something that provides access
    • part of: wall = an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness
  4. (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it

Alternative definition of the noun arch


  1. An inverted U shape.
  2. An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
  3. [architecture] An architectural element having the shape of an arch
  4. [archaic, geometry] An arc; a part of a curve.

Specialised definition of the noun arch

Glossary of sports

any of the several curved arrangements of bones and ligaments that form the foot, especially the medial arch on the inside of the foot (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / figure skating

a compulsory figure, a circle, half circle or figure eight skated on the standing leg. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / gymnastics

exercise on the balance beam and on the floor, where the (arched) body is supported by hands and feet. In the slow hand-spring the arch is a stationary element. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

a position in which the body is curved backwards

Glossary of sports / roller skating

a compulsory figure, a circle, half circle or figure eight skated on the standing leg. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the adjective arch

What does arch mean as an attribute of a noun?

Arch is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: archer | archest

  1. (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
  2. naughtily or annoyingly playful

Alternative definition of the adjective arch


  1. Knowing, clever, mischievous.
  2. Principal; primary.

Definition of the verb arch

What does arch mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: arched | arching | arches

  1. form an arch or curve


Arch is a municipality in the Seeland administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is also a church parish of the Swiss Reformed Church.

Phrases with Arch

Phrases starting with the word Arch:

  1. ARCH-
  2. ARCH.
  3. Arch Dell
  4. Arch Doxy
  5. Arch Duke
  6. arch over
  7. Arch Rogue

Phrases ending with the word Arch:

  1. -ARCH
  2. bell arch
  3. drop arch
  4. flat arch
  5. gill arch
  6. keel arch
  7. ogee arch
  8. pier arch
  9. skew arch
  10. hemal arch
  11. roman arch

Other phrases containing the word Arch:

  1. B.ARCH.
  2. D.ARCH.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Arch

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Google previewFireproof Magazine (1903)

You can no longer term it properly an arch. The word arch means that you are dealing with the force of compression.

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

Arch. Archivolt. Ashlar. Assiae. Backer. Backing. Badigeon. Banker. Barge course. Ban. Barrel rault. Bat Batter. Beam- filling.

Google previewPictorial Encyclopedia of Historic Architectural Plans, Details and Elements (2012)

With 1880 Line Drawings of Arches, Domes, Doorways, Facades, Gables, Windows, etc. by John Theodore Haneman

The arch is a mechanical means of spanning an opening by wedged shaped solids, keeping one another in position, and transforming the vertical pressure of the superimposed load into components transmitted laterally to the abutments.

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

arch it might be described as apt for the time. If you are particularly adept at learning a new language, then you will be an apt pupil. The word 'apt' is derived from the Latin aptus which means 'fitted', but, as its subsequent usage shows, there ...

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Quotes about Arch

Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur. (Henry Miller)
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Scrabble value of A1R1C3H4

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ARCH

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