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1. Forming an arch overhead or above: overarching branches.
2. Encompassing, extensive, or general: an overarching principle; an overarching theme.

o′ver·arch′ing·ly adv.


overall; all-encompassing: an overarching concept.


(ˌoʊ vərˈɑr tʃɪŋ)

1. forming an arch above.
2. encompassing or overshadowing everything.


[ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃɪŋ] ADJ [question] → global; [desire] → general


References in classic literature ?
At the head of this harbour there is a large olive tree, and at no great distance a fine overarching cavern sacred to the nymphs who are called Naiads.
This is the haven of the old merman Phorcys, and here is the olive tree that grows at the head of it; [near it is the cave sacred to the Naiads;] {122} here too is the overarching cavern in which you have offered many an acceptable hecatomb to the nymphs, and this is the wooded mountain Neritum.
In the place of their fugitive and warring dreams we have, definitely, Lavalle's Law of the Cyclone which he surprised in darkness and cold at the foot of the overarching throne of the Aurora Borealis.
Narrow, winding paths plunged in beneath the overarching verdure.
It was plain that they had shoved off a native canoe and embarked upon the bosom of the stream, and as the ape-man's eye ran swiftly down the course of the river beneath the shadows of the overarching trees he saw in the distance, just as it rounded a bend that shut it off from his view, a drifting dugout in the stern of which was the figure of a man.
These thoughts about Arthur, like all thoughts that are charged with strong feeling, were continually recurring, and they always called up the image of the Grove--of that spot under the overarching boughs where he had caught sight of the two bending figures, and had been possessed by sudden rage.
Here the trail ran straight for a considerable distance, and down the shady forest aisle, beneath the overarching branches of the trees, rode the white-robed figure of the pursuer.
Now he swung lightly to the lower terraces of the overarching trees when some subtle sense warned him that Numa lay upon a kill directly in his path, or again he sprang lightly to one side as Buto, the rhinoceros, lumbered toward him along the narrow, deep-worn trail, for the ape-man, ready to fight upon necessity's slightest pretext, avoided unnecessary quarrels.
A blue-robed man, whose fittest roof is the overarching sky which reflects his serenity.
But in health the mind is presently seen again,--its overarching vault, bright with galaxies of immutable lights, and the warm loves and fears that swept over us as clouds must lose their finite character and blend with God, to attain their own perfection.
The ambition is to put down with an overarching concept one clear story (ambition) towards all audiences.
Given the size of the Roman Catholic Church, there is no end to the challenges its new leader will face, but it's not hard to spot a few overarching issues for Pope Francis as he takes on his role, David Perlich writes.