/ ˈärk How /

Definition of ark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a boat or ship held to resemble that in which Noah and his family were preserved from the Flood

b : something that affords protection and safety

2a : the sacred chest representing to the Hebrews the presence of God among them

b : a repository traditionally in or against the wall of a synagogue for the scrolls of the Torah

Definition of Ark (Entry 2 of 2)

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A boat or ship held to resemble the one in which Noah and his family were preserved from the Flood is known as an ark. From this meaning comes the figurative meaning of ark as something that affords protection or safety. Ark is derived from the Latin word arca, meaning “chest,” which is akin to the Latin verb arcēre, meaning “to hold off or defend.” These Latin roots also gave us the use of ark to refer to the sacred chest representing to the Hebrews the presence of God among them and also to a repository that traditionally is in, or against, the wall of a synagogue for the scrolls of the Jewish Torah.

Examples of ark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So the pair employ the Loki playbook of trickery and deception to get aboard a train that’s headed to where the ark’s being prepped for launch. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Peters bought the ark in 2010 and a team of 50 expert craftsmen took five months to create the museum, with wooden sculptures depicting Bible stories including Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and the nativity. Fox News, 11 June 2021 Thanga says this underscores the importance of safeguarding biodiversity by creating a genetic ark on another celestial body. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2021 Jay Farner’s organization may have a Rocket in its name, but this past year, Rocket Companies (No. 5) helped build an ark—a room-for-everyone lifeboat that helped the entire city of Detroit navigate COVID. Michael Bush, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2021 God chooses Noah to build an ark and save the animals and his family from an apocalyptic flood. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 God chooses Noah to build an ark and save the animals and his family from an apocalyptic flood. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 The proposal, presented last week during the IEEE Aerospace Conference, suggests the lunar ark be constructed inside one of the moon’s many hollow lava tubes. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2021 By the mid-1990s, the Evangelical Environmental Network was fighting back against the Republican gutting of the Endangered Species Act, which some Christians viewed as essential to preserving wildlife that had been saved in Noah’s ark. Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ark

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ark

Noun

Middle English, from Old English arc, from Latin arca chest; akin to Latin arcēre to hold off, defend, Greek arkein, Hittite ḫark- to have, hold

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“Ark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ark. Accessed 31 Aug. 2021.

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Kids Definition of ark

1 : the ship in which an ancient Hebrew of the Bible named Noah and his family were saved from a great flood that God sent down on the world because of its wickedness

2 : a cabinet in a synagogue for the scrolls of the Torah

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