Definition of arrow in English:

arrow

noun

  • 1A shaft sharpened at the front and with feathers or vanes at the back, shot from a bow as a weapon or for sport.

    ‘his ability to launch an arrow accurately’
    • ‘Then one of then pulled out a crossbow and shot arrows above my head.’
    • ‘They stood in the trenches, weapons unsheathed and arrows nocked on bows.’
    • ‘Koreans on the river banks, aware that the officials had not returned, shot arrows and threw stones in protest.’
    • ‘There were already numerous arrows flying in both directions with soldiers falling on both sides.’
    • ‘Archery is like darts, except that the arrows are launched, not by hand, but by a recurve bow.’
    • ‘They were carrying all sorts of weapons, including arrows, swords and axes.’
    • ‘She redirected her aim and let the arrow fly in the direction of the animal.’
    • ‘Imagine an archery target with two arrows sticking in the very centre of it.’
    • ‘Viking warriors commonly used bows and arrows, as well as other missile weapons such as throwing-spears and axes.’
    • ‘Hundreds of arrows were stuck into the ground in front of the archers as they took up positions at the rear defensive line.’
    • ‘Lykopis heard the hissing of an arrow and saw the man fall, the same arrow sticking out his neck.’
    • ‘The Sultan's army was primarily light cavalry armed with crossbows that shot poisoned arrows.’
    • ‘To get the correct arrow length, use a long arrow and draw the bow to full draw.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    shaft, bolt, dart
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    1. 1.1 A mark or sign resembling an arrow, used to show direction or position; a pointer.
      ‘we drove in the main gate and followed a series of arrows’
      as modifier ‘you can use the up and down arrow keys’
      • ‘There wasn't any indication towards where they were going at all, no signs or pointing neon arrows.’
      • ‘I'm sure by now you all know about the full screen menu you get when pressing the arrow keys on your DSTV remote.’
      • ‘On the back of the flyer, Lam drew a map of the area with dates and names and arrows pointing in various directions.’
      • ‘For instance, one could assume that the arrows illustrated wind direction or speed.’
      • ‘Now imagine the piece of wood in the diagram spinning in the direction of the arrows.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Double arrows mark epidermal adaxial surface at site of angiospermy.’
      • ‘Yellow paint lines, arrows and numbers mark the sidewalks where five people died under a Dublin bus last week.’
      • ‘Taking this to mean there would be an emergency phone, I set off walking along the highway in the direction of the arrow.’
      • ‘At end of track, go through gate and straight ahead in the direction of red arrow waymark.’
      • ‘Inferred genes are indicated by arrows, indicating direction of transcription.’
      • ‘Small posts with arrows indicate the direction of the nearest phone.’
      • ‘The top arrow indicates the direction of increasing density within the gradient.’
      • ‘Pressing any of the arrow keys turns the cursor into a resize cursor, and moves it to the relevant edge of the window.’
      • ‘Within each feature set you can navigate with the tab key and the arrow keys.’
      • ‘The way this site has developed means that Kingsclere does not begin right at the junction, hence the arrow on our sign.’
      • ‘The pieces are set up as shown on the drawing and moved in the directions indicated by the arrows.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      pointer, indicator, marker, needle, hand, index
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Phrases

  • arrow of time (or time's arrow)

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

      • ‘In the late twentieth century, an arrow of time may have been discovered at the subatomic level.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was a conference on Wheeler Feynman electrodynamics and the arrow of time, in 1963.’
      • ‘Some recent changes have been of the kind that make you wish time's arrow could be less relentless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 physics, a question which often bothers theoreticians is the origin of an arrow of time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I learned something about the psychological arrow of time from David Albert.’
      • ‘The idea that time's arrow is unidirectional is really an observation.’
      • ‘In other words, in the microworld, there is no intrinsic arrow of time, distinguishing the future from the past.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm still at NYU, giving a seminar this afternoon on inflation and the arrow of time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's not a method of somehow reversing the arrow of time.’
  • straight as an arrow

    • Perfectly straight, with no deviation.

      • ‘He wore his hair short to the skull with a narrow, little part shaved up one side straight as an arrow, and he had a pencil-thin mustache, like Errol Flynn, folds in the back of his neck like fat pleats, and beady black rat eyes.’
      • ‘The giant stood in one place - straight as an arrow and tense as a string on a bow.’
      • ‘Ayako sat down on the plush red couch and sat at attention, her back straight as an arrow.’
      • ‘Kat continued straight as an arrow on her course.’
      • ‘A track doubles back and angles up Northdale Rigg, straight as an arrow and into the heather.’
      • ‘Trudy stood straight as an arrow, pure hatred glowing in her face.’
      • ‘Don's swing was straight as an arrow throughout the backswing, down to the release point.’
      • ‘The road leading down from the hill was straight as an arrow and connected directly to the docks.’
      • ‘In Afghanistan, where the roads run straight as an arrow across baking plains, they came across an accident.’
      • ‘They know the proper streamline is with the head looking down, hands together and the body straight as an arrow, with the head just under the water surface.’
      • ‘There was one perfect crack that was in varying girth, but straight as an arrow.’
      • ‘It doesn't go right or left or this or that; it just goes straight as an arrow.’
      • ‘The rope flew down, straight as an arrow into the stranger's hands.’
      • ‘Adela Breton, there she is, one of a vanished breed of tough Englishwomen, dressed neatly in the full Edwardian regalia of the day, every hair in place, and spine straight as an arrow!’
      • ‘The river sliced through the scoop, straight as an arrow, to the precipice, where, with great tumult and crescendo, it dropped into the abyss.’

Origin

Old English arewe, arwe, from Old Norse.

Pronunciation

arrow

/ˈerō//ˈɛroʊ/