round arch

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Noun1.round arch - an arch formed in a continuous curveround arch - an arch formed in a continuous curve; characteristic of Roman architecture
arch - (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
bell arch - a round arch resting on corbels
horseshoe arch, Moorish arch - a round arch that widens before rounding off
Roman arch, semicircular arch - a round arch drawn from a single center
basket-handle arch, three-centered arch - a round arch whose inner curve is drawn with circles having three centers
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Impossible to class it in that ancient family of sombre, mysterious churches, low and crushed as it were by the round arch, almost Egyptian, with the exception of the ceiling; all hieroglyphics, all sacerdotal, all symbolical, more loaded in their ornaments, with lozenges and zigzags, than with flowers, with flowers than with animals, with animals than with men; the work of the architect less than of the bishop; first transformation of art, all impressed with theocratic and military discipline, taking root in the Lower Empire, and stopping with the time of William the Conqueror.
It is the graft of the pointed upon the round arch.
The Roman layer, which is the most ancient and deepest, is occupied by the round arch, which reappears, supported by the Greek column, in the modern and upper layer of the Renaissance.
There are four sister and parallel architectures, each having its special character, but derived from the same origin, the round arch.
The Saxon architect completed the erection of the first pillars of the nave, when the pointed arch, which dates from the Crusade, arrived and placed itself as a conqueror upon the large Romanesque capitals which should support only round arches. The pointed arch, mistress since that time, constructed the rest of the church.
"Do I not know that that is infinite space, and that it is not a round arch? But, however I screw up my eyes and strain my sight, I cannot see it not round and not bounded, and in spite of my knowing about infinite space, I am incontestably right when I see a solid blue dome, and more right than when I strain my eyes to see beyond it."
The entrance to this ancient place of devotion was under a very low round arch, ornamented by several courses of that zig-zag moulding, resembling shark's teeth, which appears so often in the more ancient Saxon architecture.
In the gloom the courtyard looked of considerable size, and as several dark ways led from it under great round arches, it perhaps seemed bigger than it really is.
Politics of Hafizabad district always revolved round arch rivals Ch Afzal Hussain Tarar and Mehdi Hassan Bhatti whether they were in PPP or PML but this time they have shown no vision, principle and wisdom to pick up candidates to contest by-election to PP-107.
Either way, though, the same relationship of continuity between the social and the metaphysical prevails: we have the narrative correlative of the round arch or the lintel, where everything is on the same plane and immanence rules.
The ancient Romans invented mains water systems, under-floor heating, concrete and the round arch, which held sway until well beyond the Norman Conquest.