Definition of arrow in English:

arrow

noun

  • 1A weapon consisting of a thin, straight stick with a sharp point, designed to be shot from a bow.

    ‘I've never used a bow and arrow’
    ‘the road continues straight as an arrow’
    • ‘The Sultan's army was primarily light cavalry armed with crossbows that shot poisoned arrows.’
    • ‘Archery is like darts, except that the arrows are launched, not by hand, but by a recurve bow.’
    • ‘Imagine an archery target with two arrows sticking in the very centre of it.’
    • ‘She redirected her aim and let the arrow fly in the direction of the animal.’
    • ‘Koreans on the river banks, aware that the officials had not returned, shot arrows and threw stones in protest.’
    • ‘Feathers at the end of the arrow kept its path straight after its release from the bow.’
    • ‘He was dead, on the floor, with an arrow sticking out of his neck.’
    • ‘They were carrying all sorts of weapons, including arrows, swords and axes.’
    • ‘To get the correct arrow length, use a long arrow and draw the bow to full draw.’
    • ‘There were already numerous arrows flying in both directions with soldiers falling on both sides.’
    • ‘Hundreds of arrows were stuck into the ground in front of the archers as they took up positions at the rear defensive line.’
    • ‘Then one of then pulled out a crossbow and shot arrows above my head.’
    • ‘It felt as if there was one of Cupid's magical love arrows sticking straight out of my heart.’
    • ‘They took five shotguns, a longbow, arrows, a crossbow and bolts.’
    • ‘Viking warriors commonly used bows and arrows, as well as other missile weapons such as throwing-spears and axes.’
    • ‘They stood in the trenches, weapons unsheathed and arrows nocked on bows.’
    • ‘Lykopis heard the hissing of an arrow and saw the man fall, the same arrow sticking out his neck.’
    shaft, bolt, dart
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    1. 1.1 A mark or sign resembling an arrow, used to show direction or position.
      ‘we followed a series of arrows’
      • ‘Continue for a quarter of a mile along the edge of the ridge until a yellow arrow waymarker indicates a path leading down to a house on the left alongside a wall.’
      • ‘Now imagine the piece of wood in the diagram spinning in the direction of the arrows.’
      • ‘The top arrow indicates the direction of increasing density within the gradient.’
      • ‘For instance, one could assume that the arrows illustrated wind direction or speed.’
      • ‘Just a few minutes into our trek to Amsterdam we mistakenly followed the way one sign was facing instead of the direction of the arrow on it.’
      • ‘I'm sure by now you all know about the full screen menu you get when pressing the arrow keys on your DSTV remote.’
      • ‘The way this site has developed means that Kingsclere does not begin right at the junction, hence the arrow on our sign.’
      • ‘Block arrows indicate the direction of transcription in this and all other figures.’
      • ‘I have marked with black arrows the direction in which they could have walked to the spot they eventually stole the cab from.’
      • ‘Taking this to mean there would be an emergency phone, I set off walking along the highway in the direction of the arrow.’
      • ‘Small posts with arrows indicate the direction of the nearest phone.’
      • ‘There wasn't any indication towards where they were going at all, no signs or pointing neon arrows.’
      • ‘Pressing any of the arrow keys turns the cursor into a resize cursor, and moves it to the relevant edge of the window.’
      • ‘On the back of the flyer, Lam drew a map of the area with dates and names and arrows pointing in various directions.’
      • ‘Inferred genes are indicated by arrows, indicating direction of transcription.’
      • ‘Yellow paint lines, arrows and numbers mark the sidewalks where five people died under a Dublin bus last week.’
      • ‘Double arrows mark epidermal adaxial surface at site of angiospermy.’
      • ‘Within each feature set you can navigate with the tab key and the arrow keys.’
      • ‘At end of track, go through gate and straight ahead in the direction of red arrow waymark.’
      • ‘The pieces are set up as shown on the drawing and moved in the directions indicated by the arrows.’
      pointer, indicator, marker, needle, hand, index
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verb

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Move or appear to move swiftly and directly.

    ‘lights arrowed down into the airport’
    • ‘And once again his shot was true, arrowing past the despairing McKenzie.’
    • ‘The kingfisher came arrowing along the shoreline, saw the heron, and made a screeching halt in midair.’
    • ‘A long throw from Bailey arrowed on to the head of the giant Ben Futcher loitering on the penalty spot.’
    • ‘At the other end, Magdalen always looked the more likely to get the next goal with Chris Woodcock arrowing a long range effort wide and Jones spurning a good chance.’
    • ‘A corner was worked short by Quinton Fortune, the South African international, and Beckham sent the ball arrowing into the area.’
    • ‘Just as the ball appeared to be arrowing into the top corner of the net, Colgan palmed the ball behind to safety.’
    • ‘From the distant night streaks of fire appeared, arrowing down onto the palace rooftop.’
    • ‘Then he saw Collingwood's throw arrowing in towards the wicketkeeper, and his stride quickened.’
    • ‘With the ball arrowing towards the top corner, Dudek gets a finger-tip to it.’
    • ‘Gallagher equalised in the 47th minute with a improvised over-head kick then two minutes later it was 4-3 as Morgan tricked his way past a couple of challenges before arrowing a shot past Wayne Henderson.’
    • ‘Somewhere in the forest, an owl arrowed down to catch a mouse.’
    • ‘It was travelling at more than 140 mph as it arrowed along the 1.9 miles of tarmac at Elvington Airfield, near York.’
    • ‘Colgan's kick was flicked on by Lehmann and the ball arrowed into a channel between Oueifio and Greg Strong.’
    • ‘The beam arrowed down and rent the landscape in two.’
    • ‘Midway through the second half a kick which might have won the game was cruelly whipped to the left of the upright, having spent most of its trajectory arrowing right between them.’
    • ‘Another shows a diver's slender body arrowing into a pool at an exact vertical, her fingertips just breaking the surface of the water.’
    • ‘This time the striker didn't need any assistance with his superb 25-yard shot arrowing into the top corner.’
    • ‘His conversion five minutes earlier had come from virtually exactly the same spot on the right touchline, and had arrowed between the posts.’
    • ‘He was hardly back on his feet again when he had to claw out a Sara header arrowed at the base of his left-hand post.’
    • ‘The flick header from the centre half was arrowing for the bottom corner but Achterberg managed to bat it down and then won the scramble with Wetherall to cling on to the skipper's close-range prod from the rebound.’

Phrases

  • arrow of time (or time's arrow)

    • The direction of travel from past to future in time considered as a physical dimension.

      • ‘I'm still at NYU, giving a seminar this afternoon on inflation and the arrow of time.’
      • ‘I learned something about the psychological arrow of time from David Albert.’
      • ‘If the thermodynamic arrow of time [for periods much shorter than Poincare's recurrence time] is to be explained by entropy increase, as Boltzmann hoped, then we want to know why entropy was so low in the past.’
      • ‘After all, to play most sports, even at the level of the village green or recreational field, is to be reminded ceaselessly of time's arrow: of the ruthless, inexorable, uni-directionality of our lives.’
      • ‘In physics, a question which often bothers theoreticians is the origin of an arrow of time.’
      • ‘Follow the giant arrow of time from the origin of the universe, through the creation of stars, planets, human life, modern culture and beyond into the future.’
      • ‘In whichever direction a writer shoots time's arrow, though, the bowstring is human nature, a relative constant.’
      • ‘So in the physics department we have classes on the arrow of time, quantum mechanics for everyone.’
      • ‘The recognition of these patterns of eclipses in the archives then would have allowed them to reverse the arrow of time, and project the cycles into the future.’
      • ‘The circles of periodicity are really spirals, stretched out along the arrow of time that flies only in one direction, and sooner or later brings down every creature.’
      • ‘Some recent changes have been of the kind that make you wish time's arrow could be less relentless.’
      • ‘The idea that time's arrow is unidirectional is really an observation.’
      • ‘It's not a method of somehow reversing the arrow of time.’
      • ‘There are at least two other branches of physical theory in which raise the question of the arrow of time, as it is sometimes called.’
      • ‘In other words, in the microworld, there is no intrinsic arrow of time, distinguishing the future from the past.’
      • ‘In the late twentieth century, an arrow of time may have been discovered at the subatomic level.’
      • ‘There was a conference on Wheeler Feynman electrodynamics and the arrow of time, in 1963.’

Origin

Old English arewe, arwe, from Old Norse.

Pronunciation

arrow

/ˈarəʊ/