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

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Examples of arrow in a Sentence

Noun

The arrow on the map points north.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Click on an arrow, piano music plays, and images appear in rotation: Youssouf on a beach, Youssouf in a park, Youssouf beside a car. Cynthia Gorney, National Geographic, "African migrants in Europe trade one hardship for another," 25 June 2019 The Dragonglass As Esquire points out, this early image in the trailer may be a dragonglass arrow, one of the materials in the realm that can actually kill a White Walker. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Game of Thrones Fans Have a Lot of Theories About the Latest Trailer," 3 Apr. 2019 For Julius Cesar, the idea of not being able to make your own arrows or swords would be weird, right? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can Big Data Save Old Warplanes?," 23 Jan. 2019 On its base was a shield, surrounded by a musket, bow, arrows, tomahawk, and scalping knife. Barbara Cutter, Smithsonian, "The Gruesome Story of Hannah Duston, Whose Slaying of Indians Made Her an American Folk “Hero”," 9 Apr. 2018 The operation effectively reverses the arrow of time, at least in this isolated system. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Correlations Reverse Thermodynamic Arrow of Time," 2 Apr. 2018 The rescue vehicles have also been outfitted with emergency lights for better visibility at night, arrow boards to signal to drivers, a siren, loudspeaker and air conditioning, according to a press release. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Spring Fire Department finds new use for high water vehicles," 20 June 2019 We were handed a set of bows and a handful of arrows and escorted through two saloon doors into a carpeted room (which used to be a sanctuary) full of targets. Andrea Reeves, Cincinnati.com, "Looking for a date night idea? Give archery a shot ... with burgers on the side," 20 June 2019 Fugate grabbed his bow and launched three barbed arrows into the water, connecting on the third try. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Minnesota angler’s mysterious ‘giant goldfish’ helps shed light on species," 14 June 2019

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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