• WordNet 3.6
    • v overarch form an arch over "Big rocks overarch the stream"
    • v overarch be central or dominant "This scene overarches the entire first act"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Overarch To make or place an arch over; to hang over like an arch. "Brown with o'erarching shades."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overarch To cover with or as with an arch.
    • overarch To form into an arch above.
    • overarch To hang over like an arch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overarch ō-vėr-ärch′ to arch over
    • v.i Overarch to hang over like an arch
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In literature:

The commander-in-chief lifted his grey hat, came down the dim, overarched, aisle-like road, between the cheering troops.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
It was a pretty bowery walk, overarched with beeches and elms in all their autumn glory, and full of the clamour of rooks.
"The Heiress of Wyvern Court" by Emilie Searchfield
Here the forest was dense, lofty, overarching.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
The deep blue of the overarching skies were embroidered, as it were, with fleecy clouds.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Her feet sank deep in the leaves from the overarching trees, and made a cheerful, crackling sound.
"A Little Maid of Province Town" by Alice Turner Curtis
Nature is not closed in by the designed overarch of an eventually-to-be-completed plan.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
The avenues of kanari trees, with their lofty overarching vaulting, are grander than any nave of French cathedral.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
Hardly two miles from Farnham, and reached by a road overarched by fine oaks, Moor Park stands on the banks of the Wey.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
Overarching everything was a great dome of heaving cloud.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
These, indeed, are occasionally vertical, or overarching, the opening at the top being narrower than the pit below.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell

In poetry:

I did as yet not understand
Nature is far more vast than I,
Deep as the ocean, wide as land,
And overarching as the sky;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
What are ye, O pallid phantoms!
But the statues without breath,
That stand on the bridge overarching
The silent river of death?
"The Haunted Chamber. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Secret sacred woods, inviolable,
dark thickets, solitary paths, fragant flowers
plum-colored, white, yellow, overarching
trees -- parasols reaching to paradise.
""How welcome to my eyes this shady hill"" by Veronica Gambara
And ye whose carols wooed his infant ear,
Whose chants with answering woodnotes he repaid,
Have ye no song his spirit still may hear
From Elmwood's vaults of overarching shade?
"James Russell Lowell" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But the promise was given--the beautiful arc,
With its brilliant profusion of colors, that spanned
The sky on that exquisite eve, was the mark
Of the Infinite Love overarching the land:
"The Battle Rainbow" by John Reuben Thompson
Rachel, soft and shy and blushing, pass'd into the angel wife,
Tears of joy within the rapture of her sweetly-drooping eyes;
While an Iris, many-colour'd, overarch'd her novel life,
Like the first sweet gush of sunlight sloping down on Paradise.
"Rachel" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

An overarching theme of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is that he will not apologize for America - unlike the current occupant of the White House.
The Federal Trade Commission today released a set of guidelines for how it believes companies should implement facial -recognition technology, and the overarching theme is - get people's permission.
Looking back over the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011, I see no undeniable trend, no overarching theme.
When Molly Raphael became president of the American Library Association in 2011, she unveiled an agenda that focused on empowerment—and at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, "empowerment" has been an overarching theme.
Last year's cosplot -- the overarching story told by cosplaying actors throughout the con -- was just too complicated.
The National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula call for diversity as an overarching theme, and this presentation will explore ways you can incorporate dynamic and powerful examples of diversity.
IF there was one overarching message in the Golden State from Tuesday night's election results, it would probably be for Californian's Republicans: Change or suffer.
The Federal Trade Commission today released a set of guidelines for how it believes companies should implement facial-recognition technology, and the overarching theme is - get people's permission.
1) Ask students if they think specific places have certain overarching "characters" which shape those who live there.
The overarching solution to weed issues today, experts say, involves a combination of different seed varieties, different herbicides , and different tillage and even cultivation practices.
William Shakespeare spellbound audiences with another story about witches, prophecies, overarching ambition, madness and murder.
A top US general said Thursday that an "overarching lack of trust" between the US and Pakistan, as well as several key communication errors, led to the NATO airstrikes last month near the Afghan border that killed two dozen Pakistani troops.
Overarching strategy and direction of the Campaign is overseen by a PEC steering committee composed of members of APA's Executive Management Group.
They're mostly about some overarching idea that the work helps to illustrate.
"Extend, Amend and Pretend " was the overarching theme at the recent Turnaround Management Association symposium.

In science:

It is presented here because it provides an overarching foundation or basis in which to frame and investigate questions of interest in this paper.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
In this Letter, we present an overarching model of preferential attachment that unifies the universal properties of network organization under a single principle.
Structural preferential attachment: Network organization beyond the link
Whilst this is in itself an important contributing factor to the overall completeness picture, we can describe the overarching completeness in terms of magnitude completeness.
Shedding Light on the Galaxy Luminosity Function
The overarching conclusion is that it proves useful to decompose mass-independent leptonic mixing in par ticular ways, as doing so can reveal interesting phenomenological results that may even be linked directly with the group structure of the FS generating the mixing.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
The overarching issues of context, cultural, representations, and their interaction show more structure when viewed in this way.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences