arch Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “arch” - English Dictionary

"arch" in American English

See all translations

archnoun [C]

 us   /ɑrtʃ/
a structure consisting of a curved top on two supports which holds the weight of something above it, or something decorative that has this shape: Two rows of arches support the roof of the building.
The arch of your foot is the higher, curved part on the bottom.
arch
verb [I/T]  us   /ɑrtʃ/
[T] Cats often arch their backs when they stretch.
arched
adjective  us   /ɑrtʃt/
Arched bookcases filled each end of the room.
(Definition of arch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"arch" in British English

See all translations

archnoun [C]

uk   /ɑːtʃ/  us   /ɑːrtʃ/
  • arch noun [C] (CURVED STRUCTURE)

C2 a structure, consisting of a curved top on two supports, that holds the weight of something above it: In many churches the side aisles are separated from the central aisle by a row of arches. Passing through the arch, you enter an open courtyard. The vines were trained over an arch, providing shade as well as fruit. The temple's grand white arches rose conspicuously over the dirty decaying city. The abbey is known for its majestic arches, fine doorways and elegant windows. The town is dominated by the massive arches of a viaduct.
See also
  • arch noun [C] (BODY)

specialized medical any organ or part of the body that is curved in shape: The premature loss of primary teeth causes shrinking of the dental arch.

archverb [I or T]

uk   /ɑːtʃ/  us   /ɑːrtʃ/

archadjective

uk   /ɑːtʃ/  us   /ɑːrtʃ/
showing that you think it is amusing that you know more about something than someone else does: an arch tone of voice
archly
adverb uk   /ˈɑːtʃ.li/  us   /ˈɑːrtʃ.li/
She smiled archly at him. "I fail to understand what you're suggesting," said Claire archly.

arch-prefix

uk   /ɑːtʃ-/  us   /ɑːrtʃ-/
(Definition of arch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of arch?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A bunch of stuff about plurals
A bunch of stuff about plurals
by ,
May 24, 2016
by Colin McIntosh One of the many ways in which English differs from other languages is its use of uncountable nouns to talk about collections of objects: as well as never being used in the plural, they’re never used with a or an. Examples are furniture (plural in German and many other languages), cutlery (plural in Italian), and

Read More 

Word of the Day

parasol

a type of sunshade (= round frame covered in cloth on a stick) carried especially by women in the past, to give protection from the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More