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 for Triumphal arch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arch \Arch\ ([aum]rch), n. [F. arche, fr. LL. arca, for arcus.
     See Arc.]
     1. (Geom.) Any part of a curved line.
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     2. (Arch.)
        (a) Usually a curved member made up of separate
            wedge-shaped solids, with the joints between them
            disposed in the direction of the radii of the curve;
            used to support the wall or other weight above an
            opening. In this sense arches are segmental, round (i.
            e., semicircular), or pointed.
        (b) A flat arch is a member constructed of stones cut into
            wedges or other shapes so as to support each other
            without rising in a curve.
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     Note: Scientifically considered, the arch is a means of
           spanning an opening by resolving vertical pressure into
           horizontal or diagonal thrust.
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     3. Any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into
        the arch of a bridge.
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     4. Any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the
        aorta. "Colors of the showery arch." --Milton.
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     Triumphal arch, a monumental structure resembling an arched
        gateway, with one or more passages, erected to commemorate
        a triumph.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  triumphal arch
      n 1: a monumental archway; usually they are built to commemorate
           some notable victory

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