Definition of the ark noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the ark

BrE BrE//ɑːk//
; NAmE NAmE//ɑːrk//
(also Noah’s ark) [singular] Types of boats and ships
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  • (in the Bible) a large boat which Noah built to save his family and two of every type of animal from the flood See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  • Word OriginOld English ærc, from Latin arca ‘chest’.Idioms
    out of the ark, something went out with the ark
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    (British English, informal) if somebody says that an object or a custom is out of the ark or went out with the ark, they think that it is very old-fashioned Those computers went out with the ark.
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