arch

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arch is part of the Basic English 850.

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
arch

Plural
arches

A stone arch as the door to a cathedral.
  1. A semi-circle shape, like an inverted "U".
    Robert drew an arch on the paper.
  2. Any object having the shape of an arch, from stone bridges and doorways to bows.
    They went through the arch into the church.
  3. A part of the foot, on the bottom, which is shaped like an arch.
    She stepped on a nail and hurt the arch of her foot.


Parts of the foot (edit)

arch - back or top - ball - heel - instep - nail or toenail - sole - toe

Nearby parts: ankle - calf

Verb[change]

Plain form
arch

Third-person singular
arches

Past tense
arched

Past participle
arched

Present participle
arching

  1. To make into the shape of an arch.
    The cat arched its back.

Prefix[change]

Prefix
arch-

  1. Arch added to the start of a word signifies it is important or the most important
    An archbishop is a senior bishop.
    Comic-book villains may be an arch-enemy.