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ark

a place of refuge; a large, commodious boat
Not to be confused with:
arc – a curved line; something shaped like a bow or arch: the arc of a rainbow
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ark

 (ärk)
n.
1. often Ark Bible The chest containing the Ten Commandments written on stone tablets, carried by the Hebrews during their desert wanderings. Also called Ark of the Covenant.
2. often Ark Judaism The Holy Ark.
3. Bible The boat built by Noah for survival during the Flood.
4. Nautical A large, commodious boat.
5. A shelter or refuge.

[Middle English, from Old English arc, from Germanic *arka, from Latin arca, chest.]
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ark

(ɑːk)
n
1. (Bible) the vessel that Noah built and in which he saved himself, his family, and a number of animals and birds during the Flood (Genesis 6–9)
2. out of the ark informal very old; out of date
3. a place or thing offering shelter or protection
4. dialect a chest, box, or coffer
[Old English arc, from Latin arca box, chest]

Ark

(ɑːk)
n
1. (Judaism) Also called: Holy Ark the cupboard at the front of a synagogue, usually in the eastern wall, in which the Torah scrolls are kept
2. (Judaism) Also called: Ark of the Covenant the most sacred symbol of God's presence among the Hebrew people, carried in their journey from Sinai to the Promised Land (Canaan) and eventually enshrined in the holy of holies of the Temple in Jerusalem
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ark

(ɑrk)

n.
1. (sometimes cap.) the vessel built by Noah for safety during the Flood. Gen. 6–9.
2. Also called ark of the covenant. a sacred chest containing two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, kept in the Biblical tabernacle and later in the Temple in Jerusalem.
3. a refuge or asylum.
4. (cap.) Judaism. Holy Ark.
5. a large, clumsy vehicle or vessel.
[before 850; Middle English; Old English arc, earc(e) < Latin arca chest, coffer, derivative of arcēre to safeguard]

Ark.

Arkansas.
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Ark

 clouds in lines converging to two points on opposite parts of the sky.
Example: an ark of cloud, 1839.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ark - (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten CommandmentsArk - (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
2.ark - a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the floodark - a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the flood
boat - a small vessel for travel on water
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Translations
archa

ark

[ɑːk] Narca f
Noah's Arkel Arca f de Noé
Ark of the CovenantArca f de la Alianza
it's out of the Arkviene del año de la nana
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ark

[ˈɑːrk] narche f Noah's Ark
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ark

n
Arche f; it looks as though it’s come out of the ark (inf)das sieht aus wie von anno Tobak (inf)
Ark of the CovenantBundeslade f
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ark

[ɑːk] n (Bible) → arca
Noah's Ark → l'arca di Noè
it must have come out of the ark! (hum, fam) → sembra un reperto archeologico
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References in classic literature ?
Perhaps some of the most beautiful lines are those which tell of the dove that Noah sent forth from the ark.
The happy creature, all rejoicing, would no longer of the ark, for she needed it no more."*
The mite with the broken leg was restless, and moaned; but after a while turned his face towards Johnny's bed, to fortify himself with a view of the ark, and fell asleep.
The doctor was quick to understand children, and, taking the horse, the ark, the yellow bird, and the man in the Guards, from Johnny's bed, softly placed them on that of his next neighbour, the mite with the broken leg.
And when they returned next morning with reinforcements they found only the mooring-stakes of Big Alec's ark; the ark itself remained hidden for months in the fastnesses of the Suisun tules.
No sooner hee with them of Man and Beast Select for life shall in the Ark be lodg'd, And shelterd round, but all the Cataracts Of Heav'n set open on the Earth shall powre Raine day and night, all fountaines of the Deep Broke up, shall heave the Ocean to usurp Beyond all bounds, till inundation rise Above the highest Hills: then shall this Mount Of Paradise by might of Waves be moovd Out of his place, pushd by the horned floud, With all his verdure spoil'd, and Trees adrift Down the great River to the op'ning Gulf, And there take root an Iland salt and bare, The haunt of Seales and Orcs, and Sea-mews clang.
He lookd, and saw the Ark hull on the floud, Which now abated, for the Clouds were fled, Drivn by a keen North-winde, that blowing drie Wrinkl'd the face of Deluge, as decai'd; And the cleer Sun on his wide watrie Glass Gaz'd hot, and of the fresh Wave largely drew, As after thirst, which made thir flowing shrink From standing lake to tripping ebbe, that stole With soft foot towards the deep, who now had stopt His Sluces, as the Heav'n his windows shut.
In fact, placed before the strict and piercing truth, this whole story will fare like that fish, flesh, and fowl idol of the Philistines, Dagon by name; who being planted before the ark of Israel, his horse's head and both the palms of his hands fell off from him, and only the stump or fishy part of him remained.
Noah's wife, for example, came regularly to be presented as a shrew, who would not enter the ark until she had been beaten into submission; and Herod always appears as a blustering tyrant, whose fame still survives in a proverb of Shakspere's coinage--'to out-Herod Herod.'
She thought that the two primeval pups that Noah chased into the ark were but a collateral branch of my ancestors.
Why, before, he looked like the orneriest old rip that ever was; but now, when he'd take off his new white beaver and make a bow and do a smile, he looked that grand and good and pious that you'd say he had walked right out of the ark, and maybe was old Leviticus himself.
So I sailed in to shore, made all fast, and hurried up among the arks. Charley Le Grant fell on my neck.

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