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ark a chest or coffer, especially (more fully the Ark of the Covenant) the wooden chest which contained the tablets of the laws of the ancient Israelites. Carried by the Israelites on their wanderings in the wilderness, it was cherished by them in the Promised Land; its temporary loss to the Philistines (1 Samuel 4) caused Eli's daughter-in-law to name her son Ichabod. The Ark was later placed by Solomon in the Temple at Jerusalem, but was lost when Nebuchadnezzar's forces destroyed the Temple in 586 bc. The phrases lay hands on the ark, touch the ark, mean treat irreverently what is held to be sacred.

In the Bible, the ark is the floating covered vessel built by Noah to save his family and two of every kind of animal from the Flood (see also Noah's ark). The informal phrase have come out of the ark means be very antiquated.

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Ark.
1. The vessel in which Noah supposedly saved his family and a breeding pair of each animal and bird species from the destruction of the great flood (Genesis 6. 1–9. 18).

2. The ‘ark of the covenant’ (aron ha-berith) was a container, made by God's command during the Wilderness wandering of Israel, to contain the tablets of the covenant.

3. The niche in the synagogue in which the Torah Scrolls (Scrolls of the Law) are kept. It is located on the wall which faces towards the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and is considered the holiest part of the building. A ner tamid (‘eternal light’) is kept burning in front of the Ark. In Ashkenazi circles, the Ark is called the aron or aron kodesh (‘holy Ark’), and among the Sephardim, it is known as the heikhal (‘sanctuary’).

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ark, in the Bible. 1 Boat of Noah, which he built at God's command to preserve his family and certain creatures from the Deluge. 2 Ark of the Covenant, the sacred wooden chest of the Hebrews, representative of God or identified with Him. It was overlaid with gold inside and out and was always heavily veiled; the high priest alone could look upon its uncovered surface. Especially guarded, it was carried about by staves thrust through rings on its side, for to touch it was a profanation punished by death. Uzza, while escorting the Ark, inadvertently broke this law and so lost his life. As its presence implied victory, it accompanied the warriors into battle, where once it was captured by the Philistines. Restored after many years, the Ark found a resting place in Solomon's Temple.

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ark / ärk/ • n. 1. (the ark) (in the Bible) the ship built by Noah to save his family and two of every kind of animal from the Flood; Noah's ark. ∎ fig. a vessel or sanctuary that serves as protection against extinction. ∎ archaic a chest or box: the ark was of Italian walnut. ∎  a large, flat-bottomed boat. 2. short for Ark of the Covenant. ∎  (also Holy Ark) a chest or cupboard housing the Torah scrolls in a synagogue.

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ark According to Genesis 6, the floating house Noah was ordered to build and live in with his family and one pair of each living creature during the flood. As the flood waters receded, it came to rest on a mountain top, believed to be Mount Ararat.

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ark †chest, coffer; floating vessel built by Noah (Gen. 6: 14–16). OE. arc (earc), corr. to OHG. archa (G. arche), ON. ǫrk, Goth. arka; Gmc. — L. arca.

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ark.
1. Receptacle for storing the scrolls in a synagogue. See echal.

2. Type of cupboard for hanging priests' vestments in a church.

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Ark

clouds in lines converging to two points on opposite parts of the sky.

Example: an ark of cloud, 1839.

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