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[ar-oh] /ˈær oʊ/
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.
verb (used with object)
6.
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
900
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
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Examples for arrows
  • Archery is the practice of using a bow or crossbow to shoot arrows.
  • When he was five or six, he was given a small bow and arrows.
  • As warriors, however, men concentrated on making bows and arrows, lances, and shields.
  • Bolts typically have three fletches, commonly seen on arrows.
British Dictionary definitions for arrows

arrows

/ˈærəʊz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (Brit) an informal name for darts

arrow

/ˈærəʊ/
noun
1.
a long slender pointed weapon, usually having feathers fastened at the end as a balance, that is shot from a bow related adjective sagittal
2.
any of various things that resemble an arrow in shape, function, or speed, such as a sign indicating direction or position
See also arrows
Word Origin
Old English arwe; related to Old Norse ör, Gothic arhvazna, Latin arcus bow, arch1
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Word Origin and History for arrows
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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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Slang definitions & phrases for arrows

arrow

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straight arrow


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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arrows in the Bible

At first made of reeds, and then of wood tipped with iron. Arrows are sometimes figuratively put for lightning (Deut. 32:23, 42; Ps. 7:13; 18:14; 144:6; Zech. 9:14). They were used in war as well as in the chase (Gen. 27:3; 49:23). They were also used in divination (Ezek. 21:21). The word is frequently employed as a symbol of calamity or disease inflicted by God (Job 6:4; 34:6; Ps. 38:2; Deut. 32:23. Comp. Ezek. 5:16), or of some sudden danger (Ps. 91:5), or bitter words (Ps. 64:3), or false testimony (Prov. 25:18).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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