Definition of skew arch in US English:

skew arch

(also skew bridge)


  • An arch (or bridge) with the line of the arch not at right angles to the abutment.

    • ‘There are no skew arches in Otago and I am not aware of the existence of one in any part of New Zealand at present.’
    • ‘The removal of the skew bridge on the A480 is due to take place on Monday next week, April 18, as part of the ongoing Roman Road improvements scheme.’
    • ‘It is a skew arch, with three aqueducts over it.’
    • ‘This is a railway skew bridge near the west end of Gloucester.’
    • ‘These men were innovators developing new solutions to hitherto unknown problems such as building skew bridges at an angle across the canal.’
    • ‘` Skew Bridge’ is a technical term as well as our bridge's proper name, and there are many skew bridges throughout the country, and indeed the world.’
    • ‘In his letter to the parish council Mr Batten said the estimate of the cost of replacing the skew bridges had risen to £3 million.’
    • ‘This underpass, built in 1838, is reported to be the first skew arch underpass built in America.’
    • ‘In the case of a skew arch, the slices were imagined cut parallel to the parapets, along the skew.’
    • ‘Its skew arches, through which the canal bends, are an example of skilled craftsmanship and is the scene often used to epitomise Saddleworth.’


skew arch

/skyo͞o ärCH/