Arch - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɑːrtʃ|  American pronunciation of the word arch
Brit.  |ɑːtʃ|  British pronunciation of the word arch


- a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening
- a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet)
- a passageway under a curved masonry construction(syn: archway)
- (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it


- form an arch or curve(syn: arc, curve)


- (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension (syn: condescending, patronising, patronizing)
- naughtily or annoyingly playful (syn: impish, implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish, wicked)


There was a slight arch to her eyebrows.

an arch in the cat's back

The cat arched its back.

She arched her eyebrows in surprise.

A tree arches over the road.

She arched backward to begin the exercise.

a politician known for his arch humor

The novel is never mocking or arch in its tone.

This is the last keystone that makes the arch.

The passage between the two buildings was arched over to provide shelter from the rain.

Her back arches.

Two rows of trees arched over the driveway.

The dog arched its back.

'I think he's in for a surprise,' Ian said, in a somewhat arch tone.

they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory

Word forms

I/you/we/they: arch
he/she/it: arches
present participle: arching
past tense: arched
past participle: arched
singular: arch
plural: arches
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