- 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.
- Kenneth Joseph,born 1921, U.S. economist: Nobel Prize 1972.
- 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
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 (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.