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arch1

arch1

 
 
pronunciation:
arch
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a structural element, usu. of masonry, that is curved and used to span an open space such as a door.
The ancient Romans introduced the use of arches in buildings and other structures.Could the Romans have imagined that their arches would become the symbol for a fast-food restaurant chain?
 
synonyms:
archway
similar words:
doorway, span, vault
definition 2: an object or structure that resembles such an element.
Roses climb over the arch of the trellis.Good shoes support the arches of the feet.
synonyms:
archway, vault
similar words:
arc, bend, camber, curvature, curve
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: arched, arches, arching
definition 1: to span.
A bridge arched the river.
synonyms:
bridge, span
similar words:
vault
definition 2: to form an arch or curve in.
The cat arched its back.
synonyms:
bend, curve
similar words:
camber
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to form an arch.
The trees arched in the wind.
synonyms:
arc
similar words:
bend, curve, vault