[ar-oh] /ˈær oʊ/
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.
verb (used with object)
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."
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 forms
arrowless, adjective
arrowlike, adjective


[ar-oh] /ˈær oʊ/
Kenneth Joseph, born 1921, U.S. economist: Nobel Prize 1972.
Example Sentences for arrow
If the graph is directed, the direction is indicated by drawing an arrow.
They also have skills that amplify their bow mastery, as well as piercing arrow skills.
The straight flight of an arrow is dependent on its fletching.
The archer begins at the first station of the target and shoots his first arrow.
In a name context, it means soft like a bog or bow as in bow and arrow.
British Dictionary definitions for arrow
arrow (ˈærəʊ)
1.  a long slender pointed weapon, usually having feathers fastened at the end as a balance, that is shot from a bowRelated: sagittal
2.  any of various things that resemble an arrow in shape, function, or speed, such as a sign indicating direction or position
Related: sagittal
[Old English arwe; related to Old Norse ör, Gothic arhvazna, Latin arcus bow, arch1]

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Word Origin and History for arrow
O.E. arwan, earlier earh "arrow," possibly borrowed from O.N. ör (gen. örvar), from P.Gmc. *arkhwo (cf. Goth. arhwanza), from PIE base *arku- "bow and/or arrow," source of Latin arcus (see arc). The ground sense would be "the thing belonging to the bow," perhaps a superstitious avoidance of the actual name. A rare word in O.E., where more common words for "arrow" were stræl (cognate with the word still common in Slavic, once prevalent in Gmc., too; meaning related to "flash, streak") and fla, flan, a N.Gmc. word, perhaps with the sense of "splinter." Stræl disappeared by 1200; fla lingered in Scottish until after 1500. Arrowhead is from late 15c.; ancient ones dug up also were called elf-arrows (17c.). Arrowroot (1690s) so called because it was used to absorb toxins from poison-dart wounds.
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