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arch1 noun (arches) 1 a curved structure forming an opening, and consisting of wedge-shaped stones or other pieces supporting each other by mutual pressure, used to sustain an overlying weight such as a roof or bridge, or for ornament. 2 anything shaped like an arch, especially a monument. 3 the bony structure of the foot between the heel and the toes, normally having an upward curve. 4 one of the four possible configurations of human fingerprints. verb (arches, arched, arching) 1 to form an arch. 2 to span something like an arch.
ETYMOLOGY: 14c: from Latin arcus bow.
arch2 adj 1 (usually in compounds) chief, principal their arch enemy, the Penguin. 2 most experienced that arch crime writer, Jim Thompson. 3 cunning, knowing gave an arch look. 4 self-consciously playful or coy. archness noun.
ETYMOLOGY: 17c: from arch- as in such combinations as 'arch-villain'.
arch- or archi- combining form 1 chief; most important; highest-ranking archduke. 2 most esteemed, feared, extreme, etc of its kind arch-conservative arch-criminal.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon arce, from Greek archos chief, from archein to rule.
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