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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ARCING

But the bolt caromed harmlessly off the side of the arcing Star Devil!

Its resistance fell, the arcing decreased; the beam became orange and finally green.

The sun was far below the horizon when it was finished, and the glowing, arcing forces that had made and formed it were stopped.

It is better to have switches of some excess capacity, as the heavy metal stands the arcing much better.

Now the blue fireball was arcing down over the hillside, trailing its orange-red comet tail.

And then there was the smell of burned insulation and a wire was arcing somewhere, while thick rubbery smoke arose.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., originally in reference to the sun's apparent motion in the sky, from Old French arc "bow, arch, vault" (12c.), from Latin arcus "a bow, arch," from PIE root *arku- "bowed, curved" (cf. Gothic arhvazna "arrow," Old English earh, Old Norse ör; also, via notion of "supple, flexible," Greek arkeuthos, Latvian ercis "juniper," Russian rakita, Czech rokyta, Serbo-Croatian rakita "brittle willow"). Electrical sense is from 1821.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.