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English adjective: arch

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

Synonymscondescending, patronising, patronizing



2. arch expert in skulduggery

SamplesAn arch criminal.



3. arch naughtily or annoyingly playful

SamplesTeasing and worrying with impish laughter.
A wicked prank.

Synonymsimpish, implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish, wicked


Antonymsunplayful, sober, serious

English noun: arch

1. arch (shape) a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening

Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape

2. arch (body) a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet)

Broader (hypernym)skeletal structure

Narrower (hyponym)haemal arch, hemal arch, instep, metatarsal arch, neural arch, pectoral arch, shoulder girdle, vertebral arch

3. arch (artifact) a passageway under a curved masonry construction

SamplesThey built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory.


Broader (hypernym)entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway

Part meronymwall

4. arch (artifact) (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)abutment arch, broken arch, camber arch, corbel arch, diminished arch, flat arch, four-centered arch, pier arch, pointed arch, proscenium arch, rampant arch, round arch, rowlock arch, safety arch, scheme arch, scoinson arch, sconcheon arch, segmental arch, shouldered arch, skeen arch, skene arch, skew arch, squinch, straight arch, trimmer arch, triumphal arch, Tudor arch

Part holonymheadstone, impost, key, keystone, springer, voussoir

Part meronymaqueduct, arcade, bridge, colonnade, span

Domain categoryarchitecture

English verb: arch

1. arch (motion) form an arch or curve

SamplesHer back arches.
Her hips curve nicely.

Synonymsarc, curve

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bend, flex

Narrower (hyponym)camber

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