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  1. a structure that spans a space while supporting weight (e.g. a doorway in a stone wall)

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    created by user picturefactobot on December 26, 2008
  2. a bowed or curved structure capable of spanning a space while supporting significant weight

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    created by user picturefactobot on December 26, 2008
  3. Arches appeared as early as the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamian brick architecture, but their systematic use started with the Ancient Romans who were the first to apply the technique to a wide range of structures

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    created by user picturefactobot on December 26, 2008
  4. requires all of its elements to hold it together, raising the question of how an arch is constructed

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    created by user picturefactobot on December 26, 2008
  5. Arches were known by the Mesopotamian, Urartian, Harappan, Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek and Assyrian civilizations, but their use was infrequent and mostly confined to underground structures such as drains where the problem of lateral thrust is greatl

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