One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who shoots with a bow and arrows, especially at a target as a sport.
- ‘The English troops, mainly archers and foot soldiers, dug in behind wooden stakes between thickly wooded ground.’
- ‘The Stoics use the analogy of the archer shooting at a target to explain this notion.’
- ‘At Falkirk, in more open ground than at Stirling, the English knights and archers were devastating.’
- ‘Athena, disguised like a Trojan, finds the archer Pandarus to shoot an arrow at Menelaus.’
- ‘They rode through the wall and into the city flanked by cavalry and archers and soldiers on foot.’
- ‘An experienced archer could fire an arrow every five seconds.’
- ‘All young men in medieval villages were expected to practice archery so there were many skilled archers to be found.’
- ‘But did the Neolithic arrowhead mean that they had found a prehistoric archer?’
- ‘Once an archer downed a target, he nocked an arrow while relocating to another firing site.’
- ‘The size of the bow and the length of the arrow depend entirely upon the size of the archer.’
- ‘If an archer shoots their arrow into the wrong target face, that arrow will not score any points.’
- ‘Massed ranks of archers would aim their arrows high, to achieve a large range, without particularly careful aiming.’
- ‘Some archers allow the arrow to rest on the top of their forefinger, some prefer the rest.’
- ‘It is very important that the arrows are ‘matched’ to the archer and their bow.’
- ‘In the fourteenth century Edward III incorporated mounted archers using the native longbow into his army.’
- ‘Each section was divided into three rows - the archers, the infantry and the cavalry.’
- ‘Many handbow archers use sights, and latches with triggers called mechanical releases.’
- ‘To get the most from bow tuning the archer's shooting style must be consistent.’
- ‘He prepared special archers and cavalry forces for the battles with the invaders.’
- ‘A novice archer would also bow to the target after the first hit of the day, while advanced archers would not.’
- 1.1the Archer The zodiacal sign or constellation Sagittarius.
Middle English: from Old French archier, based on Latin arcus ‘bow’.
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