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  1. [noun] a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening

  2. [noun] a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially arches of the feet)

  3. [noun] a passageway under an arch
    Synonyms: way

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

  5. [verb] form an arch or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely"
    Synonyms: curve, arc

  6. [adjective] (of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; "his arch rival"

  7. [adjective] (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
    Synonyms: condescending, patronizing, patronising

  8. [adjective] expert in skulduggery; "an arch criminal"


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