- a slender, straight, generally pointed missile or weapon made to be shot from a bow and equipped with feathers at the end of the shaft near the nock, for controlling flight.
- anything resembling an arrow in form, function, or character.
- a linear figure having a wedge-shaped end, as one used on a map or architectural drawing, to indicate direction or placement.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Sagitta.
- broad arrow.
- to indicate the proper position of (an insertion) by means of an arrow (often followed by in): to arrow in a comment between the paragraphs.
Origin of arrow
- Kenneth Joseph,born 1921, U.S. economist: Nobel Prize 1972.
Examples from the Web for arrow
An arrow appears indicating the direction you will launch your ball.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
The brand logo turned out to feature a graceful archer on horseback, in a Tatar national costume, poised to shoot his arrow.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible
December 25, 2014
And an arrow painted on the ground that shows the way to Mecca, for prayers.9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies
December 16, 2014
Sometimes,” he is fond of telling the press, “the target draws the arrow.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
“When you fired your arrow at the force field, you electrified a nation,” President Coin (Julianne Moore) tells her.'Mockingjay—Part 1’ Is the Most Violent ‘Hunger Games’ Yet
November 20, 2014
In Domesday it is spelt 'Flaneburg,' and flane is the Norse for an arrow or sword.Yorkshire Painted And Described
He took a long string from his pouch and fastened one end to an arrow.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It was there, when all seemed finished, that I saw the arrow play and heard the question.
The Diné, whirling on his heel, met the arrow with his throat, and pitched choking.
They fit into one another like the arrow point to the shaft.
- a long slender pointed weapon, usually having feathers fastened at the end as a balance, that is shot from a bowRelated adjective: sagittal
- any of various things that resemble an arrow in shape, function, or speed, such as a sign indicating direction or position
Word Origin and History for arrow
early 14c., from Old English arwan, earlier earh "arrow," possibly borrowed from Old Norse ör (genitive örvar), from Proto-Germanic *arkhwo (cf. Gothic arhwanza), from PIE root *arku- "bow and/or arrow," source of Latin arcus (see arc (n.)). The ground sense would be "the thing belonging to the bow," perhaps a superstitious avoidance of the actual name.
A rare word in Old English, where more common words for "arrow" were stræl (cognate with the word still common in Slavic, once prevalent in Germanic, too; meaning related to "flash, streak") and fla, flan, a North Germanic word, perhaps originally with the sense of "splinter." Stræl disappeared by 1200; fla lingered in Scottish until after 1500. Meaning "a mark like an arrow in cartography, etc." is from 1834.