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noun ar·row \ ˈer-(ˌ)ō , ˈa-(ˌ)rō \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of arrow

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

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 Goth arhwazna arrow, Latin arcus bow, arch, arc


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arrow

verb

Definition of arrow

: to move fast and straight like an arrow in flight : dart

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First Known Use of arrow

1827

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ARROW Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of arrow for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

arrow

noun ar·row \ ˈer-ō \

Definition of arrow for Students

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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