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noun ar·row \ˈer-(ˌ)ō, ˈa-(ˌ)rō\

Simple Definition of arrow

  • : a weapon that is made to be shot from a bow and that is usually a stick with a point at one end and feathers at the other end

  • : a mark (such as →) that is shaped like an arrow and that is used to show direction

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of arrow

  1. 1 :  a missile shot from a bow and usually having a slender shaft, a pointed head, and feathers at the butt

  2. 2 :  something shaped like an arrow; especially :  a mark (as on a map or signboard) to indicate direction

Examples of arrow in a sentence

  1. The arrow on the map points north.



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Origin and Etymology of arrow

Middle English arwe, from Old English; akin to Gothic arhwazna arrow, Latin arcus bow, arch, arc


First Known Use: before 12th century


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verb ar·row

Definition of arrow

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move fast and straight like an arrow in flight :  dart



1827

First Known Use of arrow

1827

Rhymes with arrow


ARROW Defined for Kids

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noun ar·row \ˈer-ō\

Definition of arrow for Students

  1. 1 :  a weapon that is shot from a bow and is usually a stick with a point at one end and feathers at the other

  2. 2 :  a mark to show direction <Follow the arrows on the signs.>




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