a person who shoots with a bow and arrow; bowman.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Sagittarius.
an .
William, 1856–1924, Scottish playwright, drama critic, and translator.
a male given name.
playfully roguish or mischievous:
an arch smile.
cunning; crafty; sly.
Obsolete. a person who is preeminent; a chief.
Contemporary Examples

So it might be me projecting my desires onto archer to want to just get away from work for a few weeks.
‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS Marlow Stern January 7, 2015

How do you feel about archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?
‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS Marlow Stern January 7, 2015

Olivia was one of two members of the archer School team, and Brian one of four from Crossroads School.
The Girl I Will Miss at Commencement Robert Bookman May 21, 2009

archer says the shelters are designed to be folded up so you can carry one with your pack.
Inside the Yarnell, Arizona, Fire: How It Happened, and the Questions Still Unanswered Christine Pelisek, Terry Greene Sterling July 1, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting the archer panel at New York Comic-Con.
‘Archer’ Season 6 Preview: Cast and Crew on Rebranding and Dropping ISIS Marlow Stern October 26, 2014

Historical Examples

No one was in sight, but a moment or two later Mrs. archer appeared on the veranda.
Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames

“I doubt it not, mon ami,” quoth the archer, going back to his tankard.
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle

Every archer was stringing his bow; every footman was brandishing his pike; every horseman was mounting his steed.
Cressy and Poictiers John G. (John George) Edgar

“Yet it may be as well that you should know whither we go,” said the archer.
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle

So, under the name of diversion, archer set Townsend to work at four o’clock in the morning.
The Parent’s Assistant Maria Edgeworth

a person skilled in the use of a bow and arrow
the Archer, the constellation Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac
Frederick Scott. 1813–57, British inventor and sculptor. He developed (1851) the wet collodion photographic process, enabling multiple copies of pictures to be made
Jeffrey (Howard), Baron Archer of Weston-Super-Mare. born 1940, British novelist and Conservative politician. He was an MP from 1969 until 1974. His novels include Kane and Abel (1979), Honour Among Thieves (1993), and The Fourth Estate (1996): from 2001 to 2003 he was imprisoned for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice
William. 1856–1924, Scottish critic and dramatist: made the first English translations of Ibsen
a curved structure, normally in the vertical plane, that spans an opening
Also called archway. a structure in the form of an arch that serves as a gateway
something curved like an arch

any of various parts or structures of the body having a curved or archlike outline, such as the transverse portion of the aorta (arch of the aorta) or the raised bony vault formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones (arch of the foot)
one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several curved ridges one above the other Compare loop1 (sense 10a), whorl (sense 3)

(transitive) to span (an opening) with an arch
to form or cause to form an arch or a curve resembling that of an arch: the cat arched its back
(transitive) to span or extend over: the bridge arched the flooded stream
(prenominal) chief; principal; leading: his arch rival
(prenominal) very experienced; expert: an arch criminal
knowing or superior
playfully or affectedly roguish or mischievous

late 13c., from Anglo-French archer, Old French archier “archer, bowmaker,” from Latin arcarius, from arcus “bow” (see arc). Also a 17c. name for the bishop in chess.

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.).

1540s, “chief, principal,” from prefix arch-; used in 12c. archangel, etc., but extended to so many derogatory uses (arch-rogue, arch-knave, etc.) that by mid-17c. it acquired a meaning of “roguish, mischievous,” since softened to “saucy.” Also found in archwife (late 14c.), variously defined as “a wife of a superior order” or “a dominating woman, virago.”

early 14c., “to form an arch” (implied in arched); c.1400, “to furnish with an arch,” from arch (n.). Related: Arching.

arch (ärch)
An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.

In architecture, a curved or pointed opening that spans a doorway, window, or other space.

Note: The form of arch used in building often serves to distinguish styles of architecture from one another. For example, Romanesque architecture usually employs a round arch, and Gothic architecture, a pointed arch.

a shooter with the bow (1 Chr. 10:3). This art was of high antiquity (Gen. 21:20; 27:3). Saul was wounded by the Philistine archers (1 Sam. 31:3). The phrase “breaking the bow” (Hos. 1:5; Jer. 49:35) is equivalent to taking away one’s power, while “strengthening the bow” is a symbol of its increase (Gen. 49:24). The Persian archers were famous among the ancients (Isa. 13:18; Jer. 49:35; 50:9, 14, 29, 42. (See BOW ØT0000631).

an architectural term found only in Ezek. 40:16, 21, 22, 26, 29. There is no absolute proof that the Israelites employed arches in their buildings. The arch was employed in the building of the pyramids of Egypt. The oldest existing arch is at Thebes, and bears the date B.C. 1350. There are also still found the remains of an arch, known as Robinson’s Arch, of the bridge connecting Zion and Moriah. (See TYROPOEON VALLEY.)


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