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  • Arch bridge — This article is about the structure type. For the bridge in Bellows Falls, Vermont, see Arch Bridge (Bellows Falls). Arch Bridge Double arch stone bridge, Japan Ancestor Clapper bridge Related …   Wikipedia

  • ARCH —    The arch was invented around 2500 BC in the Indus Valley of ancient India. It is a curved structure that rests on posts or walls and allows for the spanning of an architectural space. Prior to the use of the arch, the post and lintel structure …   Historical Dictionary of Architecture

  • Arch — • A structure composed of separate pieces, such as stone or bricks, having the shape of truncated wedges, arranged on a curved line so as to retain their position by mutual pressure Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Arch     Arch …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Arch-gravity dam — Arch gravity Hoover Dam Architectural Plans An arch gravity dam, curved gravity dam or arched dam is a dam with the characteristics of both an arch dam and a gravity dam. It is a dam that curves upstream in a narrowing curve that directs most of… …   Wikipedia

  • arch-grav|i|ty dam — «AHRCH GRAV uh tee», a dam that resists the thrust of the water by using the thrust of the sides of the valley, as in an arch dam, and the thrust of its own weight, as in a gravity dam …   Useful english dictionary

  • Arch — ([aum]rch), n. [F. arche, fr. LL. arca, for arcus. See {Arc}.] 1. (Geom.) Any part of a curved line. [1913 Webster] 2. (Arch.) (a) Usually a curved member made up of separate wedge shaped solids, with the joints between them disposed in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arch — arch1 /ahrch/, n. 1. Archit. a. a curved masonry construction for spanning an opening, consisting of a number of wedgelike stones, bricks, or the like, set with the narrower side toward the opening in such a way that forces on the arch are… …   Universalium

  • Arch — For other uses, see Arch (disambiguation). A masonry arch 1. Keystone 2. Voussoir 3. Extrados 4. Impost 5. Intrados 6. Rise 7. Clear span 8. Abutment An arch is a structure that spans a space while… …   Wikipedia

  • thrust — I. verb (thrust; thrusting) Etymology: Middle English thrusten, thristen, from Old Norse thrȳsta; probably akin to Old Norse thrjōta to tire, Old English thrēat coercion more at threat Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to push or drive with… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • arch dam — noun : a dam built in a gorge in the form of a horizontal arch having the convex side upstream and abutting against the side walls * * * a dam resisting the pressure of impounded water by an arch principle, esp. a dam having in plan the form of a …   Useful english dictionary

  • Thrust — Thrust, n. 1. A violent push or driving, as with a pointed weapon moved in the direction of its length, or with the hand or foot, or with any instrument; a stab; a word much used as a term of fencing. [1913 Webster] [Polites] Pyrrhus with his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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