arrow

noun
ar·​row | \ ˈer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce arrow (audio) , ˈa-(ˌ)rō\
plural arrows

Definition of arrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a missile shot from a bow and usually having a slender shaft, a pointed head, and feathers at the butt
2 : something shaped like an arrow especially : a mark (as on a map or signboard) to indicate direction
3 : a painful or damaging experience or occurrence that is likened to being shot with an arrow … to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune …— William Shakespeare

arrow

verb
arrowed; arrowing; arrows

Definition of arrow (Entry 2 of 2)

1a intransitive : to move fast and straight like an arrow in flight Just below us, a hunting peregrine falcon arrowed across the sere fields …— Tom Mueller
b transitive : to hit or throw (something) toward a target fast and straight like an arrow Mia Hamm … doesn't even look up as she arrows a pass to her teammate with almost telepathic confidence.— David Hirshey
2 transitive chiefly US : to shoot (an animal) with an arrow In the spring, only boy turkeys can be shot or arrowed.— Fred LeBrun

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Illustration of arrow

Noun

arrow 1

In the meaning defined above

Examples of arrow in a Sentence

Noun

The arrow on the map points north.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An arrow, also apparently projected on the building, points to the arched doorway. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Vulgarity used by president projected onto Trump hotel in D.C.," 13 Jan. 2018 This should be a less awkward placement as the reader on the current model was hard to press without inadvertently pressing an arrow key or two. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 By the time that the wave of massacres — carried out mostly with machetes, axes, spears, and bows and arrows — ebbed in mid-March, roughly 120 communities, including Tche, had been attacked. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 One image shows an Awá hunter with a small deer on his back while holding his bow and arrows with a hunting dog following behind. Fox News, "Inside the Amazon’s ‘world’s most endangered tribe’ who bathes with turtles and and eats armadillos," 1 Oct. 2018 At the very bottom of that column is the fingerprint sensor, its position shifted to be to the right of the arrow keys rather than on top of them. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 One solution is a full-screen reading mode, by clicking or tapping on the book icon in the URL window, followed by the double-arrow icon (or, as with past versions of Windows, hit F11 on your keyboard while your browser is open). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Use Windows 10? Update it, then try these 5 tips to boost your productivity," 27 Apr. 2018 Comey has abandoned his carefully cultivated public demeanor as a straight-arrow FBI official in exchange for a self-demotion to the ranks of just another partisan political operative. Gary Abernathy, Anchorage Daily News, "The D.C. bubble’s credulous embrace of McCabe is embarrassing," 21 Mar. 2018 But even just using your arrow keys and mouse to navigate the plane is a joy. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Take a Virtual Tour of the First Air Force One Jet," 16 Dec. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As in the first half, Peru made the better start to the second and midfielder Pedro Aquino arrowed a long-distance rocket onto Lloris's upright. Peter Stebbings, chicagotribune.com, "France eliminate Peru from World Cup, advance to Round of 16," 21 June 2018 Midfielder Gazinsky gave his country the perfect start, arrowing a header into the bottom corner in the 12th minute with his first effort on target, and substitute Cherushev doubled the hosts' advantage just before the break. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Russia opens World Cup 2018 with thumping win over Saudi Arabia," 14 June 2018 To see a small thin dog arrowing through the air at highway speeds, resistant to gravity, its forelegs out, its hind legs trailing, its thin proud snout straining forward, is to experience a brief moment of déjà vu. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "This Whippet Is One of the World's Great Athletes," 18 June 2018 From the middle of the front row, Cogan’s car suddenly swerved right, bumped living legend A.J. Foyt, then arrowed across left into also living legend Mario Andretti. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Here are the six best Indy 500s ever — by generation | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Ribery, who at 35 years of age was at times providing flashbacks to his peak, picked the ball up on the left and cut infield, before arrowing a ball into Robert Lewandowski's feet. CNN, "Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich to reach fourth Champions League final in five years," 1 May 2018 In combat, Atreus fires arrows that draw the attention of enemies, which cause damage and give Kratos a valuable opportunity to strike while his opponents are distracted. Scott Meslow, GQ, "How God of War Redeems the Worst Kind of Video Game Mission," 18 Apr. 2018 The midfielder took one touch, before arrowing the ball into the corner -- reminiscent of many a Steven Gerrard goal in front of the Kop on a Champions League night. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool stun Manchester City to take commanding lead in Champions League tie," 4 Apr. 2018 Moments later, substitute Andrija Balić slipped passed his marker, before arrowing a long range drive just wide of Szczęsny's far post. SI.com, "WATCH: Dazzling Paulo Dybala Inspires Juventus to Storm Past Udinese," 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of arrow

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1(a)

History and Etymology for arrow

Noun

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

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arrow

noun

English Language Learners 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

arrow

noun
ar·​row | \ ˈer-ō How to pronounce arrow (audio) \

Kids Definition of arrow

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

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