arrow

noun
ar·​row | \ˈer-(ˌ)ō, 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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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

Archaeologists have recovered over 200 objects from melting ice patches in Southern Yukon, almost all of which have been bows and arrows or throwing darts. James Rogers, Fox News, "Perfectly-preserved 1,000-year-old hunter's dart discovered in melting ice," 7 Sep. 2018 Researchers are proposing to add a new arrow to our planetary-defense quiver: steering small, benign near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) into big and hazardous ones, in a dramatic, high-stakes game of cosmic billiards. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Asteroid Billiards: This Wild Idea to Protect Earth Just Might Work," 24 Aug. 2018 As described in previous accounts, Ötzi had a completely full stomach when he was shot with an arrow and died. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "The ‘Iceman’s’ last meal was a high-fat feast," 12 July 2018 Forget about shooting a bow and arrow or sailing a boat. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "The triumph of gender-neutral ‘adulting’," 7 July 2018 Public Works Director Stephen Kline said the contractor will restripe all of the garage’s 1,040 spaces and directional arrows and other pavement markings. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air approves contracts for parking garage striping, Armory security upgrades," 22 June 2018 During the class, the park will provide bows, arrows and targets. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Experience fishing, archery, mountain biking or scorpion hunting at Arizona parks," 25 May 2018 The Great Seal is an eagle holding both arrows and olive branches, and, by order of President Eisenhower, the eagle gaze looks to the olive branch. Barbara K. Bodine, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘War on Peace,’ by Ronan Farrow," 17 May 2018 However, Clinton's logo featured an arrow and didn't use negative space. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Hamilton Southeastern reveals a modern new logo as part of $148K brand, website overhaul," 25 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The second was equally impressive as Mane beat two defenders before switching the ball to Salah, who arrowed his finish into the bottom corner. USA TODAY, "Liverpool wins at West Ham to close gap on EPL top five," 4 Nov. 2017

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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 \

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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