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adjective


(1)   (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension

noun


(2)   (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
(3)   A passageway under a curved masonry construction
"They built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory"
(4)   A curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet)
(5)   A curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening

verb


(6)   Form an arch or curve
"Her back arches"
"Her hips curve nicely"
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Etymology


From < (French ), a feminine form of < .

Noun



  1. An inverted U shape.
  2. An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
  3. An architectural element having the shape of an arch

Verb



  1. To form into an arch shape
    The cat arched its back

Adjective



  1. knowing, clever
    I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.

Prefix


arch
  1. Highly placed in a hierarchy, particularly used of church officials
    He eventually rose to the rank of archdeacon
  2. Primary among many
    The Joker was Batman's arch-nemesis