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 for arch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arch \Arch\, n. [See Arch-, pref.]
     A chief. [Obs.]
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           My worthy arch and patron comes to-night. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  -arch \-arch\ [Gr. 'archo`s chief, commander, 'a`rchein to rule.
     See Arch, a.]
     A suffix meaning a ruler, as in monarch (a sole ruler).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arch \Arch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Arched ([aum]rcht); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Arching.]
     1. To cover with an arch or arches.
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     2. To form or bend into the shape of an arch.
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              The horse arched his neck.            --Charlesworth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arch \Arch\, v. i.
     To form into an arch; to curve.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arch \Arch\ ([aum]rch), n. [F. arche, fr. LL. arca, for arcus.
     See Arc.]
     1. (Geom.) Any part of a curved line.
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     2. (Arch.)
        (a) Usually a curved member made up of separate
            wedge-shaped solids, with the joints between them
            disposed in the direction of the radii of the curve;
            used to support the wall or other weight above an
            opening. In this sense arches are segmental, round (i.
            e., semicircular), or pointed.
        (b) A flat arch is a member constructed of stones cut into
            wedges or other shapes so as to support each other
            without rising in a curve.
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     Note: Scientifically considered, the arch is a means of
           spanning an opening by resolving vertical pressure into
           horizontal or diagonal thrust.
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     3. Any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into
        the arch of a bridge.
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     4. Any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the
        aorta. "Colors of the showery arch." --Milton.
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     Triumphal arch, a monumental structure resembling an arched
        gateway, with one or more passages, erected to commemorate
        a triumph.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arch- \Arch-\ ([aum]rch-, except in archangel and one or two
     other words). [L. arch-, Gr. 'arch- = 'archi-. See Arch-.]
     A prefix signifying chief, as in archbuilder, archfiend.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arch \Arch\ ([aum]rch), a. [See Arch-, pref.]
     1. Chief; eminent; greatest; principal.
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              The most arch act of piteous massacre. --Shak.
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     2. Cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an
        arch look, word, lad.
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              [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
                                                    --Tatler.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  arch
      adj 1: (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those
             who treat others with condescension [syn: arch,
             condescending, patronizing, patronising]
      2: expert in skulduggery; "an arch criminal"
      3: naughtily or annoyingly playful; "teasing and worrying with
         impish laughter"; "a wicked prank" [syn: arch, impish,
         implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish,
         wicked]
      n 1: a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening
      2: a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs
         (especially the inner sides of the feet)
      3: a passageway under a curved masonry construction; "they built
         a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory" [syn: arch,
         archway]
      4: (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for
         spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
      v 1: form an arch or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve
           nicely" [syn: arch, curve, arc]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  280 Moby Thesaurus words for "arch":
     Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, apse, arc, arcade, arcature,
     arch over, arched roof, archway, artful, astute, banner, bantam,
     barrow, basket-handle arch, bend, bend back, bestraddle, bestride,
     bold, boundary stone, bow, brass, bridge, bust, cagey, cairn,
     camber, canny, capital, cardinal, ceilinged roof, cenotaph,
     central, champion, cheeky, chief, clever, clubfoot, cocky, column,
     concameration, concha, conspicuous, consummate, coquettish, cove,
     coy, crafty, cromlech, crook, cross, crowning, cunning, cup,
     cupola, curl, curvation, curvature, curve, cute, cyclolith,
     deceitful, decurve, deep, deep-laid, deflect, derisive, designing,
     devilish, digit, diplomatic, dog, dolmen, dome, dominant, elfish,
     elvish, embow, extend over, extraordinary, extreme, extremity,
     feline, fetlock, first, flex, flippant, focal, foolish, foot,
     footstone, forefoot, foremost, forepaw, foxy, fresh,
     full of mischief, geodesic dome, grave, gravestone, great,
     greatest, guileful, hang over, harefoot, head, headmost, headstone,
     heel, hegemonic, high-spirited, hoarstone, hoof, hook, hump, hunch,
     igloo, imbricate, impish, incurvate, incurve, inflect, ingenious,
     inscription, insidious, instep, inventive, jut, keystone, knavish,
     knowing, lap, lap over, leading, lie over, loop, magisterial, main,
     major, malapert, marker, master, mausoleum, megalith, memento,
     memorial, memorial arch, memorial column, memorial statue,
     memorial stone, menhir, mischief-loving, mischievous, mocking,
     monolith, monument, mound, necrology, notable, noteworthy, obelisk,
     obituary, ogive, overarch, overhang, overlap, overlie, override,
     overruling, pad, paramount, pastern, patte, paw, pawky,
     pedal extremity, pedes, pert, pes, pied, pillar, plaque, playful,
     politic, prankish, pranksome, pranky, predominant, preeminent,
     premier, preponderant, prevailing, primal, primary, prime,
     principal, prize, puckish, pug, pyramid, ranking, ready, recurve,
     reflect, reflex, reliquary, remembrance, resourceful, retroflex,
     ribbon, roguish, rostral column, round, ruling, sag, saucy,
     scampish, scapegrace, scheming, serpentine, shaft, sharp, shifty,
     shingle, shrewd, shrine, skewback, slick, slippery, sly, smooth,
     snaky, sneaky, sole, sophistical, sovereign, span, splayfoot,
     sportive, star, stealthy, stela, stellar, stone, strategic, stupa,
     subtile, subtle, supereminent, supple, swag, sweep, tablet,
     tactical, testimonial, toe, tomb, tombstone, tootsy, tope,
     topflight, trefoil arch, trickish, tricksy, tricky, trophy,
     trotter, turn, twitting, ungula, vault, vaulting, voussoir,
     vulpine, waggish, wary, wily, wind
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Arch
     an architectural term found only in Ezek. 40:16, 21, 22, 26, 29.
     There is no absolute proof that the Israelites employed arches
     in their buildings. The arch was employed in the building of the
     pyramids of Egypt. The oldest existing arch is at Thebes, and
     bears the date B.C. 1350. There are also still found the remains
     of an arch, known as Robinson's Arch, of the bridge connecting
     Zion and Moriah. (See TYROPOEON VALLEY.)
     

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