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Webster 1913 Edition


Arrow

Ar′row

,
Noun.
[OE.
arewe
, AS.
arewe
,
earh
; akin to Icel.
ör
,
örvar
, Goth.
arhwazna
, and perh. L.
arcus
bow. Cf.
Arc
.]
A missile weapon of offense, slender, pointed, and usually feathered and barbed, to be shot from a bow.
Broad arrow
.
(a)
An arrow with a broad head.
(b)
A mark placed upon British ordnance and government stores, which bears a rude resemblance to a broad arrowhead.

Webster 1828 Edition


Arrow

AR'ROW

, n.
1.
A missive weapon of offense, straight, slender, pointed and barbed, to be shot with a bow.
2.
In scripture, the arrows of God are the apprehensions of his wrath, which pierce and pain the conscience. Job 6. Ps. 38. In a like figurative manner, arrows represent the judgments of God, as thunder, lightning, tempests and famine. 2Sam. 22.
Ez. 5. Hab. 3. The word is used also for slanderous words and malicious purposes of evil men. Ps. 11. Prov. 25. Jer. 9. Ps. 64.

Definition 2023


arrow

arrow

English

An arrow symbol.
Two arrows (projectiles) in a target.

Pronunciation

Noun

arrow (plural arrows)

  1. A projectile consisting of a shaft, a point and a tail with stabilizing fins that is shot from a bow.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapterII:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  2. A sign or symbol used to indicate a direction (e.g. ).
  3. (graph theory) A directed edge.
  4. (colloquial, darts) A dart.
  5. (computing) The -> symbol, which has specific meanings in various programming languages.
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Verb

arrow (third-person singular simple present arrows, present participle arrowing, simple past and past participle arrowed)

  1. To move swiftly and directly (like an arrow)
  2. To let fly swiftly and directly
    • 2012 April 9, Mandeep Sanghera, “Tottenham 1 - 2 Norwich”, in BBC Sport:
      Jermain Defoe dinked in an equaliser and Gareth Bale hit the crossbar for the hosts before Elliott Bennett arrowed in Norwich's winner.

Etymology 2

Representing pronunciation.

Contraction

arrow

  1. (obsolete) Contraction of ever a (sometimes used with a redundant a or an).
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 153:
      though he hath lived here this many years, I don't believe there is arrow a servant in the house ever saw the colour of his money.