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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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

Mike and his dad (the Fisher patriarch!) also hunt for deer together, and Mike's already teaching Isaiah how to handle a bow and arrow. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Sweet Thing We All Missed in Carrie Underwood's Pregnancy Announcement," 8 Aug. 2018 It had been bisected by hundreds of joss sticks, which stuck out from the figure like the shafts of arrows; these were methodically lit after dinner during the performance by the artist and her assistants, who wielded blow torches. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Prune Nourry's "The Amazon" Arrives at the Standard Highline in New York," 22 June 2018 The chart is a collection of arrows, some pointing sideways, some down, some toward U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — and even more pointing away from it. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "‘A rogue state’," 13 May 2018 For a deep dive into the country-specific servers, click on the downward facing arrow to the right of each country in the list. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "ProtonVPN review: Underground data centers, one-click multi-hop, and more make for a great choice," 4 Sep. 2018 Over the course of three days, Basava points out the settings of some of the Ramayana’s most noteworthy scenes: among them, the birthplace of the monkey god Hanuman and the place where Rama shot the arrow that killed the king Vali. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Visiting Hampi, an Historic Region of Southern India That's Free of Tourists...For Now," 1 Aug. 2018 The arrow is 150 feet long and is made of 30 tons of steel. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Western Auto sign countdown: Iconic neon beacon to light up KC once more," 10 July 2018 The images show bright rings separated by dark gaps (pointed out by the arrow above), tantalizing astronomers with the idea that the gravity of nascent planets has swept the gaps clean of material. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "This distant disk may contain the youngest exoplanets ever detected," 14 June 2018 In 2011, the arrow directed people to Auto City, a neighborhood body shop quietly catering to a steady stream of sputtering dented vehicles. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Divisadero has become SF’s most prolific new restaurant neighborhood," 8 June 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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