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a curved line; something shaped like a bow or arch: the arc of a rainbow
Not to be confused with:
ark – a place of refuge; a large, commodious boat
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1. AIDS-related complex
2. American Red Cross
1. Something shaped like a curve or arch: the vivid arc of a rainbow.
2. Mathematics A segment of a circle.
3. An electric arc.
4. Astronomy The apparent path of a celestial body as it rises above and falls below the horizon.
5. A progression of events suggesting narrative cohesion, especially one that rises to a climax and settles to a final conclusion.
intr.v. arced (ärkt), arc·ing (är′kĭng), arcs
1. To form an arc.
2. To move or seem to move in a curved path: the stars that arc across the sky.
[Middle English ark, from Old French arc, from Latin arcus.]
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1. something curved in shape
2. part of an unbroken curved line
3. (General Physics) a luminous discharge that occurs when an electric current flows between two electrodes or any other two surfaces separated by a small gap and a high potential difference
4. (Astronomy) astronomy a circular section of the apparent path of a celestial body
5. (Mathematics) maths a section of a curve, graph, or geometric figure
vb, arcs, arcing, arced, arcs, arcking or arcked
(intr) to form an arc
(Mathematics) maths specifying an inverse trigonometric function: usually written arcsin, arctan, arcsec, etc, or sometimes sin–1, tan–1, sec–1, etc
[C14: from Old French, from Latin arcus bow, arch]
(Pathology) AIDS-related complex: an early condition in which a person infected with the AIDS virus may suffer from such mild symptoms as loss of weight, fever, etc
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n., v. arced (ärkt) or arcked, arc•ing (ˈɑr kɪŋ) or arck•ing. n.
1. any unbroken part of the circumference of a circle or other curved line.
2. a luminous bridge formed in a gap between two electrodes.
3. the part of a circle representing the apparent course of a heavenly body.
4. something curved or arched like a bow.
5. a short set of episodes constituting a complete story line in a soap opera or other long serial.v.i.
6. to form an electric arc.
7. to move in or describe an arched course.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin arcus bow, arch, curve]
American Red Cross.
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A segment of a circle.
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Past participle: arced/arcked
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|Noun||1.||arc - electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field|
brush discharge - discharge between electrodes creating visible streamers of ionized particles
corona discharge, corposant, electric glow, Saint Elmo's fire, Saint Elmo's light, Saint Ulmo's fire, Saint Ulmo's light, St. Elmo's fire, corona - an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere
flashover - an unintended electric discharge (as over or around an insulator)
electrical conduction - the passage of electricity through a conductor
|2.||arc - a continuous portion of a circle |
limb - the graduated arc that is attached to an instrument for measuring angles; "the limb of the sextant"
circle - ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point; "he calculated the circumference of the circle"
sector - a plane figure bounded by two radii and the included arc of a circle
|3.||arc - something curved in shape |
rainbow - an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain
|Verb||1.||arc - form an arch or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely"|
camber - curve upward in the middle
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noun curve, bend, bow, arch, crescent, half-moon The 71 offices are spread out in an arc around London.
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arcarc de courbe
A. N → arco m
B. VI → arquearse, formar un arco
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n → Bogen m
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ARC[ˌeɪɑːˈsiː] n abbr
a. =Aids Related Complex → ARC m
b. =American Red Cross → C.R.I. f
arc[ɑːk] n → arco
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a part of the line which forms a circle or other curve. boog قَوْس дъга arco oblouk der Kreisbogen bue τόξοarco kaar قوس؛ نیم دایره kaari arcקשת वृत्तांश luk ív lengkung bogi arco 弧 원호 lankas loks lengkung boog, cirkelboogbuełuk قوس، نیمه دایره arco arc дуга oblúk lok luk cirkelbåge ส่วนโค้ง yay 圓弧 дуга دائرے یا قوس کا ایک حصہ hình cung 弧
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