• WordNet 3.6
    • n ark a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the flood
    • n Ark (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the first film featuring the character Indiana Jones, was crawling with four-, eight-, and no-legged creatures:
    • Ark A chest, or coffer. "Bearing that precious relic in an ark ."
    • Ark A large flatboat used on Western American rivers to transport produce to market.
    • Ark The large, chestlike vessel in which Noah and his family were preserved during the Deluge. Gen. vi. Hence: Any place of refuge.
    • Ark (Jewish Hist) The oblong chest of acacia wood, overlaid with gold, which supported the mercy seat with its golden cherubs, and occupied the most sacred place in the sanctuary. In it Moses placed the two tables of stone containing the ten commandments. Called also the Ark of the Covenant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ark An old spelling of arc, a bow, arch.
    • n ark A chest, box, coffer, or other close receptacle; a bin or hutch: as, a meal-ark.
    • n ark In Scripture: The repository of the covenant or tables of the law. The ark was made of shittim-wood, overlaid within and without with gold. It was about 3 3/4 feet long by 2 1/4 feet high and broad, and over it were placed the golden covering or mercy-seat and the two cherubim. The same name is given in modern Jewish synagogues to a repository for the rolls or books used in divine service.
    • n ark The large floating vessel in which, according to the account in the Old Testament, Noah and his family were preserved during the deluge.
    • n ark The vessel of bulrushes in which the infant Moses was laid.
    • n ark In the Ethiopic Ch., a sacred chest, called the tabout, serving as an altar.
    • n ark A large boat used on western American rivers to transport produce to market.
    • n ark In zoology, a name common to the bivalve mollusks of the family Arcidœ; an ark-shell.
    • n ark An Arabian measure of capacity, equal to the Spanish fanega, or 58 quarts; also, a measure of three fourths of this capacity, or 43 quarts.
    • ark To inclose in an ark.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ark ärk a chest or coffer: in Jewish history, the wooden coffer in which the Tables of the Law were kept—hence To touch the ark, To lay hands on the ark, to touch irreverently what is sacred (2 Sam. vi. 6): a large floating vessel, like that in which Noah escaped the Deluge (Gen. vi.-viii.)
    • adj Ark and n. Ark′ite
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  • Horace Mann
    “Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
  • Richard C. Cushing
    Richard C. Cushing
    “Always plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.”
  • Frederick Douglass
    Frederick Douglass
    “I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored mans political hopes and the ark of his safety.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ark, arke, arche, AS. arc, earc, earce, fr. L. arca, fr. arcere, to inclose, keep off; akin to Gr. 'arkei^n to keep off


In literature:

The conception of a fitting, permanent, earthly abode for Jehovah, and for the ark and the sacred symbols therein, was David's.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
It lay down in front of the Ark and Noah saw by that action that he must save it.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
They say they had in their possession once the ark of the covenant, but they have lost it.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
He said he's gwineter build a Ark, An' put tar on de hatches.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
Paul calls it the Ark of the Covenant.
"The Seventh Day Sabbath, a Perpetual Sign" by Joseph Bates
J. Clay Collier, Fort Smith, Ark., Vol.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
To-day in Eastern Kurdistan they'll point you out the peak on which the Ark grounded.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Indian had big camping ground on beach near the Ark.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
From the roof of the slowly drifting ark nothing would then have appeared save a shoreless ocean.
"The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller

In poetry:

You 'ark to the sargent,
And don't read no books;
Go to God like a sojer;
What counts is the looks.
"Alf’s Fourth Bit" by Ezra Pound
You have beheld how they
With wicker arks did come,
To kiss and bear away
The richer cowslips home.
"To Meadows" by Robert Herrick
Then say who touched the ark
With impious intent,
And instantly expired--a mark
Of righteous punishment.
"Enigma XXXVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
The kine unguided went
By the directest road;
When the Philistines homeward sent
The ark of Israel's God.
"The Milch Kine Drawing The Ark : Faith's Surrender Of All" by John Newton
As fresh in yon horizon dark,
As young thy beauties seem,
As when the eagle from the ark
First sported in thy beam:
"To The Rainbow" by Thomas Campbell
Thou whose ways we praised,
Clear alike and dark,
Keep our works and ways
This and all thy days
Safe inside thine ark.
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Is Japanese dock a Noah's Ark or a Trojan Horse.
Dells waterpark Noah's Ark sold to California firm.
Noah's Ark and its Scorpion's Tail ride in Wisconsin Dells have been sold to Festival Fun Parks LLC, an affiliate of Palace Entertainment, based in California.
Fundraiser Friday for Noah's Ark Kids.
Noah's Ark Child Center, 1660 Grandview Ave, Reno, is sponsoring a gala event and fundraiser, Friday, November 2 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm to benefit the children of the Ark.
Noah's Ark attraction gets final piece of land.
Noah's Ark Replica Being Built in Kentucky.
Noah's Ark hopes to save Milan.
Courtesy of Noah's Ark Rescue.
(AP) — Tucked away in a nondescript office park in northern Kentucky, Noah's followers are rebuilding his ark.
Dutch millionaire builds Noah's Ark.
The 150 metre-long Noah's ark created by Dutch Johan Huibers is pictured at an old abandoned quay on the Merwede River in Dordrecht on June 21, 2011.
The Original Noah's Ark: Pond Scum.
Northern Kentucky lands Noah's Ark park.
Ark Encounter released this illustration of its planned creationism theme park in northern Kentucky, which will feature a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark.

In science:

These properties are much more difficult to predict than the d ark matter distribution of haloes which can directly be determined from cosmological N -body simulations.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
Assuming the dominance of cold d ark matter, the statistical properties of the cosmic mass distribution are determined by a few parameters, the most important of which are W0 , WL , the shape parameter of the power spectrum, G, and the normalisation of the power spectrum expressed in terms of s8 .
Weak Gravitational Lensing
Gravitational light deflection can also be used to study the d ark matter haloes of galaxies in clusters.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
The solid lines are confidence contours at 68.3%, 95.4% and 99.7%, and the cross m arks the maximum of the likelihood function.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
Levelt: Jordan decomposition of a class of singular differential operators, Ark.
A formula for Gau{\ss}-Manin determinants