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arc

Noun

1 electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field [syn: discharge, spark, electric arc, electric discharge]
2 a continuous portion of a circle
3 something curved in shape [syn: bow] v : form an arch or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely" [syn: arch, curve] [also: arcking, arcked]

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English

Etymology

from arc

Pronunciation

Homophones

Noun

  1. A curve.
  2. A circular arc.
  3. A continuous section of any curve.
  4. A continuous mapping from a real interval (typically [0, 1]) into a space.
  5. A directed edge.
  6. (electrical) A flow of current across an insulating medium; especially a hot, luminous discharge between either two electrodes or as lightning

Synonyms

Translations

curve
geometry: part of a circle See circular arc
geometry: part of a curve
mathematics: mapping
graph theory: directed edge See directed edge

Verb

  1. To move following a curved path
  2. To form an electrical arc

French

Etymology

from arcus (bow or arch)

Pronunciation

  • lang=fr|/aʁk/
  • SAMPA: /aRk/

Noun

arc /aʁk/ (plural: arcs /aʁk/)
  1. bow (weapon)
  2. arc (curve)
  3. arc, circular arc, circle segment
  4. arch

Hungarian

Etymology

The original form of the word was orca.

Noun

hu-noun ok

Romanian

Etymology

Latin arcus

Noun

  1. bow (a weapon)

Declension

Extensive Definition

For abbreviations, see ARC
Arc may refer to:

Computing

Engineering

  • Arc chute, a protective device in an electrical circuit breaker
  • Arc lamp, a device that produces light by an electric arc
  • Arc welding, a method of welding that uses an electric arc to melt the metals together
  • Electric arc or voltaic arc, an ongoing plasma discharge (an electric current through a gas), producing light and heat
  • In architecture, arc is another term for arch, a bowed or curved structure capable of spanning a space while supporting significant weight (e.g., a doorway in a stone wall), or possibly a free-standing structure, such as a triumphal arch
  • ARC-5, a series of radio receivers, transmitters, and accessories used by U.S. Navy aircraft during World War II and some years after

Geography

  • Arc (Savoie), a river of eastern France, tributary of the Isère river
  • Arc (Provence), a river of southern France, flowing into the Étang de Berre
  • Les Arcs, a ski resort in the French Alps
  • Volcanic arc or island arc, a chain of volcanic mountains or islands formed by plate tectonics

Literature and entertainment

Mathematics

Other

See also

arc in Catalan: Arc
arc in French: Arc
arc in Italian: Arco
arc in Dutch: Arc
arc in Japanese: アーク

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

AC arc, Poulsen arc, aperiodic discharge, arc column, arc discharge, arc light, arch, bend, bow, brush discharge, catacaustic, catenary, caustic, circle, color filter, conchoid, crook, curl, curvation, curvature, curve, diacaustic, dimmer, discharge, disruptive discharge, electric discharge, electric shock, electric spark, electrodeless discharge, ellipse, festoon, floats, flood, floodlight, footlights, foots, galvanic shock, gelatin, glow discharge, hook, hyperbola, klieg light, light plot, lights, limelight, lituus, marquee, medium, oscillatory discharge, parabola, round, shock, silent discharge, sinus, spark, spark gap, spot, spotlight, tracery
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