Definition of arrowhead in English:



  • 1The pointed end of an arrow.

    • ‘He grabbed the arrow just behind the arrowhead and snapped the wooden shaft.’
    • ‘It is perfect for making high-quality arrowheads, spear points, knives and other implements.’
    • ‘There were nine more anchors, a Mongol helmet, sword blades, arrowheads, part of a human skull, coins, wooden combs (the Mongols had long, high-maintenance hair) and thousands of pieces of timber.’
    • ‘When he awoke the boy was still there, fastening the arrowhead to the tip.’
    • ‘‘First you aim,’ he explained and showed her by moving the arrow and her hand to point the arrowhead to the red mark fifteen metres away.’
    • ‘Her tail is sleek and graceful, ending in a point like an arrowhead.’
    • ‘Bryan had fastened the arrowhead to a pole and claimed it as his.’
    • ‘It was shaped like an arrowhead, with a flat tip where Kiv guessed the cockpit must be, and he could just see it from underneath.’
    • ‘Anyone wanting to know how to make a spear point, which rocks to use, what different arrowheads tell us about their makers, and how technology spreads from one culture to another will be richly rewarded.’
    • ‘Included among the man's 100-odd possessions were a pair of gold hair ornaments, three copper knives, a shale belt-ring, archery equipment and arrowheads.’
    • ‘He then pierced her skin with the arrowhead's fine tip.’
    • ‘Michael settled into the shifting stride of his horse, sighted down the length of the shaft until the arrowhead met the enemy's head, corrected for forward movement, and released the string.’
    • ‘Beginning more than two millennia ago Scythian archers dipped their arrowheads into manure and rotting corpses to increase the deadliness of their weapons.’
    • ‘Flint arrowheads were shaped to a point and inserted into a slot and tied with sinew to the front of the arrow.’
    • ‘Much of his time was spent making arrowheads, shafts and spears, and he supplied the soldiers of Normandon and Brand, who often purchased a whole entire cartload to replace those they had used.’
    • ‘Then they started turning up arrowheads and broken shafts.’
    • ‘She stared ahead with wide eyes, and the daunting point of a well-crafted arrowhead stared back at her.’
    • ‘For a fleeting instant, he felt as though he viewed himself and Lily from far above, two tiny figures seated on horse, upon a swath of grassland shaped like an arrowhead, its point buried in the gap of the deep glen.’
    • ‘Primitive man started with a arrowhead that was hardened by burning the end of the shaft slightly, then sharpened by shaping the burned end.’
    • ‘Though she hated even the sight of the long bow and pointed arrowheads, she understood from Adam's words that she must forget her dislike.’
    1. 1.1 A mark or sign resembling an arrowhead.
  • 2Geometry
    A quadrilateral in which one internal angle is more than 180°.

    • ‘Thus, a square is convex, but a crescent quadrilateral (an angular boomerang or arrowhead shape with four vertices) is not.’
  • 3A Eurasian water plant with arrow-shaped leaves above the water surface.

    Genus "Sagittaria", family "Alismataceae": several species

    • ‘Among them are arrow arum, bull-tongue arrowhead, pickerelweed, water lettuce, white water lily, yellow water lily, and the invasive alligator weed.’
    • ‘In N. America arrowhead has long been gathered from the wild by Indians (for whom it was probably the most valuable of the available root crops) and sometimes by white inhabitants.’
    • ‘Broad-leaved arrowhead and lizard's tail are found where the water is deepest, while skunk cabbage, with its huge leaves, lines the perimeter of the fen.’
    • ‘Densely populated stands with mixtures of various shades of green and brown, however, had similar reflectance to that of alligator-weed, arrowhead, and smartweed.’
    • ‘Here and there are patches of American white water lily and Engelmann's arrowhead.’
    • ‘Mill Creek foraging parties may have opportunistically harvested a number of resources from these wetlands including nesting waterfowl, muskrats, and arrowhead tubers.’
    • ‘Bog plants, also known as emergent and marginal plants, include some hardy types such as pickerel weed, arrowheads, cattails and yellow water iris; and shorter species including golden-club, parrot's feather and spike rush.’
    • ‘Numerous species of arrowheads and bladderworts occur.’
    • ‘Wetland communities include, in addition to stands of soft-stem bulrush, very marshy areas with water plantain and broad-leaved arrowhead, two closely related species whose flowers have three white petals.’