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When the window was new it must have been surmounted in the middle of the arch by an ornamental design.

"That could not always have been your ladyship's opinion," said Belinda, with an arch smile.

Often and often have I been forced to smile at her arch turns upon me, when I could have beat her for them.

The General turned an arch smile of perplexity upon his chief-of-staff.

In the midst of the assemblage one figure towers—the Arch Druid.

The arch of the transom must be marked, and the hull cut down to the sheer.

In the west side of one of the jambs of the arch is a small niche.

It terminates to the north in an arch and a semicircular apse in brick.

It might well be built, like a festal bower or arch, to entertain him a single day.

This theory Sukey encouraged by arch glances and shy denials.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French arche "arch of a bridge" (12c.), from Latin arcus "a bow" (see arc). Replaced native bow (n.1). Originally architectural in English; transferred by early 15c. to anything having this form (eyebrows, etc.).

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