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arrow

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. anything resembling an arrow in form, function, or character.
  3. a linear figure having a wedge-shaped end, as one used on a map or architectural drawing, to indicate direction or placement.
  4. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Sagitta.
  5. broad arrow.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.
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Origin of arrow

before 900; Middle English arewe, arwe, Old English earh; cognate with Old Norse ǫr (plural ǫrvar), Gothic arhwazna; Germanic *arhwō (feminine), akin to Latin arcus (genitive arcūs) bow, arc; thus Latin *arku- bow, pre-Germanic *arku-ā belonging to the bow
Related formsar·row·less, adjectivear·row·like, adjective

Arrow

[ar-oh]
noun
  1. Kenneth Joseph,born 1921, U.S. economist: Nobel Prize 1972.
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Related Words

missileprojectiledartcursorshaftindicatorpointerbolt

Examples from the Web for arrow

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • In Domesday it is spelt 'Flaneburg,' and flane is the Norse for an arrow or sword.

  • He took a long string from his pouch and fastened one end to an arrow.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The Diné, whirling on his heel, met the arrow with his throat, and pitched choking.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • It was there, when all seemed finished, that I saw the arrow play and heard the question.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • They fit into one another like the arrow point to the shaft.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin


British Dictionary definitions for arrow

arrow

noun
  1. a long slender pointed weapon, usually having feathers fastened at the end as a balance, that is shot from a bowRelated adjective: sagittal
  2. any of various things that resemble an arrow in shape, function, or speed, such as a sign indicating direction or position
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Word Origin

Old English arwe; related to Old Norse ör, Gothic arhvazna, Latin arcus bow, arch 1
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Word Origin and History for arrow

n.

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.

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