# arc

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## arc

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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## ARC

abbr.
1. AIDS-related complex
2. American Red Cross

## arc

(ärk)
n.
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.]

## arc

(ɑːk)
n
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
prefix
(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]

## ARC

abbreviation for
(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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## arc

(ɑrk)

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]

(ɑrk)

## or A.R.C.,

American Red Cross.

## arc

(ärk)
A segment of a circle.

## arc

Past participle: arced/arcked
Gerund: arcing/arcking

Imperative
arc
arc
Present
I arc
you arc
he/she/it arcs
we arc
you arc
they arc
Preterite
I arced/arcked
you arced/arcked
he/she/it arced/arcked
we arced/arcked
you arced/arcked
they arced/arcked
Present Continuous
I am arcing/arcking
you are arcing/arcking
he/she/it is arcing/arcking
we are arcing/arcking
you are arcing/arcking
they are arcing/arcking
Present Perfect
I have arced/arcked
you have arced/arcked
he/she/it has arced/arcked
we have arced/arcked
you have arced/arcked
they have arced/arcked
Past Continuous
I was arcing/arcking
you were arcing/arcking
he/she/it was arcing/arcking
we were arcing/arcking
you were arcing/arcking
they were arcing/arcking
Past Perfect
Future
I will arc
you will arc
he/she/it will arc
we will arc
you will arc
they will arc
Future Perfect
I will have arced/arcked
you will have arced/arcked
he/she/it will have arced/arcked
we will have arced/arcked
you will have arced/arcked
they will have arced/arcked
Future Continuous
I will be arcing/arcking
you will be arcing/arcking
he/she/it will be arcing/arcking
we will be arcing/arcking
you will be arcing/arcking
they will be arcing/arcking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been arcing/arcking
you have been arcing/arcking
he/she/it has been arcing/arcking
we have been arcing/arcking
you have been arcing/arcking
they have been arcing/arcking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been arcing/arcking
you will have been arcing/arcking
he/she/it will have been arcing/arcking
we will have been arcing/arcking
you will have been arcing/arcking
they will have been arcing/arcking
Past Perfect Continuous
Conditional
I would arc
you would arc
he/she/it would arc
we would arc
you would arc
they would arc
Past Conditional
I would have arced/arcked
you would have arced/arcked
he/she/it would have arced/arcked
we would have arced/arcked
you would have arced/arcked
they would have arced/arcked
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 arc - electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric fieldbrush discharge - discharge between electrodes creating visible streamers of ionized particlescorona 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 atmosphereflashover - 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"curve, curved shape - the trace of a point whose direction of motion changescircle - 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    bowrainbow - an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by raincurve, curved shape - the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes Verb 1 arc - form an arch or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely"camber - curve upward in the middlebend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"
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## arc

noun The 71 offices are spread out in an arc around London.
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## arc

verb
To swerve from a straight line:
Translations
قَوْس
oblouk
bue
kaari
arcarc de courbe
bogi
arcus
lankas
loks
bågekurva

## arc

[ɑːk]
A. Narco m
B. VIarquearse, formar un arco
C. CPD arc lamp Nlámpara f de arco; (in welding) →
arc welding Nsoldadura f por arco
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## arc

[ˈɑːrk] narc m
to extend in an arc → s'étendre en arc de cercle
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## arc

nBogen m
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## ARC

[ˌeɪɑːˈsiː] n abbr
a. =Aids Related ComplexARC m
b. =American Red Cross

## arc

[ɑːk] narco
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## arc

(aːk) noun
a part of the line which forms a circle or other curve.
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References in classic literature ?
The cudgel was swinging in the arc which ended upon my upturned face when a bolt of myriad-legged horror hurled itself through the doorway full upon the breast of my executioner.
The schooner was run into the wind, and while the hands were clearing away the stern boat, Queequeg, stripped to the waist, darted from the side with a long living arc of a leap.
This vacuum economised the graphite points between which the luminous arc was developed--an important point of economy for Captain Nemo, who could not easily have replaced them; and under these conditions their waste was imperceptible.
The sledge, shortening this route, took a chord of the arc described by the railway.
From one lofty branch the agile creature swung with Clayton through a dizzy arc to a neighboring tree; then for a hundred yards maybe the sure feet threaded a maze of interwoven limbs, balancing like a tightrope walker high above the black depths of verdure beneath.
well, because everyone is going: and besides- I am not Joan of Arc or an Amazon."
There was a flash of the great sword as the outlaw swung it to the full of his mighty strength through an arc that passed above the shoulders of Peter of Colfax, and the grinning head rolled upon the floor, while the loathsome carcass, that had been a baron of England, sunk in a disheveled heap among the rushes of the great hall of the castle of Leybourn.
Then, plunging into the Gulf of Mexico, it subtends the arc formed by the coast of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; then skirting Texas, off which it cuts an angle, it continues its course over Mexico, crosses the Sonora, Old California, and loses itself in the Pacific Ocean.
We have such exorbitant eyes that on seeing the smallest arc we complete the curve, and when the curtain is lifted from the diagram which it seemed to veil, we are vexed to find that no more was drawn than just that fragment of an arc which we first beheld.
It may be that in the distance a fish describes an arc of three or four feet in the air, and there is one bright flash where it emerges, and another where it strikes the water; sometimes the whole silvery arc is revealed; or here and there, perhaps, is a thistle-down floating on its surface, which the fishes dart at and so dimple it again.
Next instant, the luckless mate, so full of furious life, was smitten bodily into the air, and making a long arc in his descent, fell into the sea at the distance of about fifty yards.
Then you would see the superb albicore, with his glittering sides, sailing aloft, and often describing an arc in his descent, disappear on the surface of the water.

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