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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n archness inappropriate playfulness
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing seating and steps; showing arches Showing seating and steps; showing arches
Showing a high-roofed area, surrounded with arches supported on columns Showing a high-roofed area, surrounded with arches supported on columns
Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front Steps lead up to arch at entrance; towers visible on either side at the front
Showing arches and circular window Showing arches and circular window
Showing a series of arches, with smaller arches above Showing a series of arches, with smaller arches above
Showing decorated staggered arches on columns Showing decorated staggered arches on columns
Showing large single arches below and smaller double arches above Showing large single arches below and smaller double arches above
Showing altenate plain and decorated capitals on columns and interwoven arches in relief Showing altenate plain and decorated capitals on columns and interwoven arches in relief

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The official name of the St. Louis Gateway Arch is "The Jefferson National Expansion Monument." The Gateway Arch looks taller than it is wider, but it is exactly 630 feet by 630 feet.
    • n Archness The quality of being arch; cleverness; sly humor free from malice; waggishness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The pineapple was symbol of welcome in the 1700-1800's. That is why in New England you will see so many pineapples on door knockers. An arch in Providence RI leading into the Federal Hill neighborhood has a pineapple on it for that very reason. Pineapples were brought home by seafarers as gifts.
    • n archness The quality of being arch; slyness without malice; cunning; waggishness; roguishness; pleasing coyness: as, “dryness and archness of humour,”
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  • William Feather
    “Life begins at 40 -- but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The archenemy is the arch stupid!”
  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “An arch never sleeps.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.”
  • Caroline Sheridan Norton
    Caroline Sheridan Norton
    “My beautiful, my beautiful! That standest meekly by, with thy proudly-arched and glossy neck, and dark and fiery eye!”


In literature:

Within, a wall broken by a wide and lofty arch divided the front from the back shop.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Every column is truncated as low as the impost of the arch, but the arches are all entire.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The arch thrust must be proportional to the elastic deformation (shortening) of the arch line.
"Pressure, Resistance, and Stability of Earth" by J. C. Meem
Gazing aloft, the eye ached to watch the beautiful arches meet far above.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
This should then be driven into the ground in the form of an arch, at the opening of the inclosure.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
Specialists in arch construction state that when the centering is struck, every arch increases in span by settlement.
"Some Mooted Questions in Reinforced Concrete Design" by Edward Godfrey
The Pointed Arch had been introduced half a century before.
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
The road at this point is through an arched tunnel.
"The New York Subway" by Anonymous
Enclosing the figures are arches with columns, in high relief in silver cords and threads.
"English Embroidered Bookbindings" by Cyril James Humphries Davenport
The strip of crimson cloth laid for the bishop ran across it from the arch of the stairway to the entrance.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
These gardens were terraces planted with trees, supported by pillars and rows of arches.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
All the degrees from Mark Master to Royal Arch are given under the sanction of Royal Arch Chapters.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
The tower rests upon four Norman arches; the font also is Norman.
"Hertfordshire" by Herbert W Tompkins
The left edge is nearly straight, the right considerably arched with a few setae on the posterior half.
"Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole" by Gary N. Calkins
The interior is divided into three naves by wooden partitions, consisting of pillars without capitals supporting pointed arches.
"The Argosy" by Various
By the bridge, where the breeze rushed through the arches, a ripple flashed back the golden rays.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
Their straight fronts were pierced by a few narrow slits and a low arch.
"Kit Musgrave's Luck" by Harold Bindloss
The Arch Cave runs north-westerly from the line of road to the Carlotta Arch, and has a gradual descent.
"The Jenolan Caves" by Samuel Cook
This arch of bone is known as the neural arch, and the dorsal process of the same as the spinous process.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
In the west, a falling arch of heavy clouds hung low over the distant mountains.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier

In poetry:

His fight is fought, his fame is won,
Life's highest peak is past;
The laurel crown, the triumph-arch,
Are worthless at the last.
"The Morning Hills" by Maurice Thompson
Like a star whose brightness grows
On the earth my beauty shows;
Thou shalt long for yet, and seek
My dark eyes and arching brows.
"Charm Verses" by Anonymous European
This lowlier portal may be tried,
That breaks the gable wall;
And lo! with arches opening wide,
Sir Harry Frankland’s hall!
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The sweeping curve, the graceful arch,
The line so firm and free;
A skilful sculptor well might say:
"Can this teach aught to me?"
"A Snow Storm" by Thomas Frederick Young
A truthful mirror where,
In the broad, chaste light of day,
From the window's arches, like fairy torches,
Red roses swing and sway.
"The Mirror" by Madison Julius Cawein
I've heard that when the rainbow fades
From parting clouds on high,
It leaves where smiled the radiant arch
A fragrance in the sky:
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

Stock Show should not be sold down the river because of Gaylord's over- arching greed.
Reducing or Eliminating Arching in Hoppers.
Simon & Schuster's Atria imprint has teamed up with British independent publisher Short Books to start a new imprint called Marble Arch Press.
Champlain Bridge arch makes journey.
Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market (12th & Arch streets) wants to introduce you to someone — namely, your hardworking local cheesemaker.
In fact, the two hikers specifically named among others: Venezeulan dictator Hugo Chavez, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Code Pink's Cindy Sheehan, liberal writer Noam Chomsky, and actor Sean Penn.
There's a white stucco building with a striking, arched dome that doesn't appear to belong in the middle of the modest homes on Clay Avenue.
"McDive" not as ubiquitous as golden arches.
When you walk into the Financial District's newest third-wave coffee hot spot, Coffee Bar, it may seem like you're waiting under the arch of a proscenium rather than in line for a piping hot latte.
Arch work closes lanes for morning commute .
Engineers will replace LED lights on the W. Oglethorpe arch between 2 am and 10 am.
(Host) The single-span arch bridge over the Connecticut River between Brattleboro and Chesterfeld, New Hampshire, is a historic landmark.
Arch Coal to Issue Senior Notes.
ABC7's Arch Campbell and Cynné Simpson are reporting from Hollywood on the 84th Academy Awards.
The Harrison County soccer Thorobreds were in a pressure-packed, emotional situation last Thursday evening at the Athletic Complex as they faced arch rival Pendleton County for the championship of the 38th District.

In science:

McLeod, The approach of solutions of non-linear diffusion equations to traveling front solutions, Arch.
Generalized transition waves and their properties
Nadirashvili, Travel ling waves and entire solutions of the Fisher-KPP equation in RN, Arch.
Generalized transition waves and their properties
Xin, Existence of planar flame fronts in convective-diffusive periodic media, Arch.
Generalized transition waves and their properties
Fornasiero, Definably complete structure are not pseudo-enumerable, Arch.
Expansions of subfields of the real field by a discrete set
If θm < π/2, positrons will accumulate in the arched parts of the force-free surface, and electrons in its open sheets.
The Appearance of a Radio-Pulsar Magnetosphere from a Vacuum with a Strong Magnetic Field. Accumulation of Particles
Lorentz, La th´eorie ´electromagn´etique de Maxwell et son application aux corps mouvants, Arch. N´eerl.
Lorenz's electromagnetic theory of light
Weil, Remarques sur un m´emoire d’Hermite [Remark on a paper of Hermite], Arch.
Defining relation for semi-invariants of three by three matrix triples
The result can be represented pictorially as ‘rainbow diagrams’ or ‘arches’ of the type depicted in Fig. 1.
Randomized Wilson loops, reduced models and the large D expansion
Then, the arch coming out of the first point will split the diagram into two smaller rainbow diagrams (under this arch and outside this arch) with a total number of m + 1 adjacent and n non-adjacent pairings.
Randomized Wilson loops, reduced models and the large D expansion
Peatfield, Invariance results for definable extensions of groups, Arch.
Topology of definable abelian groups in o-minimal structures
Zalesskii, Prime power degree representations of quasi-simple groups, Arch.
The Simple Ree groups ${}^2F_4(q^2)$ are determined by the set of their character degrees
Kato, On the Navier-Stokes initial value problem I, Arch.
Random-data Cauchy Problem for the Periodic Navier-Stokes Equations with Initial Data in Negative-order Sobolev Spaces
Happel, A family of algebras with two simple modules and Fibonacci numbers, Arch.
Blocks of group algebras are derived simple
Yi: Normal families and uniqueness of entire functions and their derivatives, Arch.
Entire functions sharing simple $a$-points with their first derivative
Bondarenko, Finite generation of iterated wreath products, Arch.
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products