Definition of Arcade

1. Noun. A covered passageway with shops and stalls on either side.

Specialized synonyms: Amusement Arcade, Penny Arcade
Generic synonyms: Passageway

2. Noun. A structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns.
Exact synonyms: Colonnade
Terms within: Arch
Specialized synonyms: Loggia
Generic synonyms: Construction, Structure

Definition of Arcade

1. n. A series of arches with the columns or piers which support them, the spandrels above, and other necessary appurtenances; sometimes open, serving as an entrance or to give light; sometimes closed at the back (as in the cut) and forming a decorative feature.

Definition of Arcade

1. Noun. (architecture) A row of arches. ¹

2. Noun. (architecture) A covered passage, usually with shops on both sides. ¹

3. Noun. Establishment running coin-operated games. ¹

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Definition of Arcade

1. to provide with an arcade (a series of arches) [v -CADED, -CADING, -CADES]

Medical Definition of Arcade

1. An anatomical structure or structures (especially a blood vessel) taking the form of a series of arches. Origin: L. Arcus, arc, bow (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Arcade

arc-flash conjunctivitis
arc-hyperbolic function
arc-hyperbolic functions
arc lamp
arc lamps
arc light
arc of buehler
arc of riolan
arc perimeter
arc welding
arcade (current term)
arcade games

Literary usage of Arcade

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"—RS Intersecting arcade. In the Romanesque architecture of the North, ... Surface arcade. An arcade or system of arches built against the surface of a wall, ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The infra-tempo ral arcade, namely a quad rato-jugal +jugal arch, ... We begin the description of the horizontal arcade with those families in which it is ..."

3. Official Catalogue (1884)
"(See Machinery in Motion, Western arcade.) HEATH, HENRY, 105-109 Oxford ... (THE), 21 Queer Victoria Street, EC (See Machinery ii Motion, Western arcade. ..."

4. The Gentleman's Magazine (1864)
"But the lower part of the north wall of the nave belongs to an earlier building, and its masonry is different from the upper part with the arcade which is ..."

5. Handbook to the Cathedrals of England by Richard John King (1869)
"Above the arcade were, at the eastern end, five windows, which had been ... The string-course above the arcade and the vaulting ribs were enriched with ..."

6. Architecture and Urbanization in Colonial Chiapas, Mexico by Sidney David Markman (1984)
"The blind arcade is divided into two bays on each side instead of three as ... In laying out the blind arcade between the door jamb and the corners of the ..."

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