Skew arch
Skew Skew, a. Turned or twisted to one side; situated obliquely; skewed; -- chiefly used in technical phrases. [1913 Webster]

{Skew arch}, an oblique arch. See under {Oblique}.

{Skew back}. (Civil Engin.) (a) The course of masonry, the stone, or the iron plate, having an inclined face, which forms the abutment for the voussoirs of a segmental arch. (b) A plate, cap, or shoe, having an inclined face to receive the nut of a diagonal brace, rod, or the end of an inclined strut, in a truss or frame.

{Skew bridge}. See under {Bridge}, n.

{Skew curve} (Geom.), a curve of double curvature, or a twisted curve. See {Plane curve}, under {Curve}.

{Skew gearing}, or {Skew bevel gearing} (Mach.), toothed gearing, generally resembling bevel gearing, for connecting two shafts that are neither parallel nor intersecting, and in which the teeth slant across the faces of the gears.

{Skew surface} (Geom.), a ruled surface such that in general two successive generating straight lines do not intersect; a warped surface; as, the helicoid is a skew surface.

{Skew symmetrical determinant} (Alg.), a determinant in which the elements in each column of the matrix are equal to the elements of the corresponding row of the matrix with the signs changed, as in (1), below. [1913 Webster] (1) 0 2 -3-2 0 53 -5 0 (2) 4 -1 71 8 -2-7 2 1 [1913 Webster]

Note: This requires that the numbers in the diagonal from the upper left to lower right corner be zeros. A like determinant in which the numbers in the diagonal are not zeros is a skew determinant, as in (2), above. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • skew arch — skew′ arch n. bui archit. an arch, as at the entrance to a tunnel, having sides, or jambs, that are not at right angles with the face • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • skew arch — n. an arch with jambs not at right angles with the face, as in a vault or tunnel which narrows or widens from its opening …   English World dictionary

  • Skew arch — A skew arch (also known as an oblique arch) is a method of construction that enables an arch bridge to span an obstacle at some angle other than a right angle. This results in the faces of the arch not being perpendicular to its abutments and its …   Wikipedia

  • skew arch — noun an arch whose jambs are not at right angles with the face • Hypernyms: ↑arch * * * noun : an arch whose jambs are not at right angles with the face * * * an arch, as at the entrance to a tunnel, having sides, or jambs, that are not at right… …   Useful english dictionary

  • skew arch — (also skew bridge) noun an arch (or bridge) with the line of the arch not at right angles to the abutment …   English new terms dictionary

  • Skew Arch — See: Arch, Skew …   Medieval glossary

  • skew arch — slanted arch, oblique arch …   English contemporary dictionary

  • skew arch — an arch, as at the entrance to a tunnel, having sides, or jambs, that are not at right angles with the face. [1835 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • skew arch — /ˈskju atʃ/ (say skyooh ahch) noun an arch whose axis is not perpendicular to the faces of its abutments, as where a railway crosses a road at an angle …   Australian English dictionary

  • Skew — Skew, a. Turned or twisted to one side; situated obliquely; skewed; chiefly used in technical phrases. [1913 Webster] {Skew arch}, an oblique arch. See under {Oblique}. {Skew back}. (Civil Engin.) (a) The course of masonry, the stone, or the iron …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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