broken arch


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Noun1.broken arch - an arch with a gap at the apex; the gap is usually filled with some decoration
arch - (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
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such was the phrase with which the wretch began each sentence) "Do you observe the way in which that broken arch, at the very top of the ruin, stands out against the clear sky?
For the greater honour of the brilliant and distinguished circle, and of Chesney Wold into the bargain, the broken arch of the bridge in the park is mended; and the water, now retired within its proper limits and again spanned gracefully, makes a figure in the prospect from the house.
A broken arch was on the SW limb on Jan 14 and an unusually bright small prominence hearth was seen on the ENE limb.