see also: Arrow
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈæɹ.əʊ/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈæɹ.oʊ/, /ˈɛəɹ.oʊ/, /ˈɛɹ.oʊ/

arrow (plural arrows)

  1. A projectile consisting of a shaft, a point and a tail with stabilizing fins that is shot from a bow.
    • 1577, Raphaell Holinshed, “[(please specify the book title).] The Thirde Booke of the Historie of Ireland, Comprising the Raigne of Henry the Eyght: [...].”, in The Firste Volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande […], volume I, London: Imprinted [by Henry Bynneman] for Iohn Harrison, OCLC 55195564 ↗, pages 77–78 ↗, column 2:
      The Citizens in their rage, imagining that euery poſt in the Churche had bin one of y{{sup
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      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.
    • 2014, John Eaton, It's Gonna Rain All Night (page 182)
      The second arrow flew through the air in a drunken parabolic curve and nestled just below the previous dart. Twenty!
      “Good arrows!” came from all around the room. Total silence came from the opposition corner.
  5. (computing) The -> symbol, which has specific meanings in various programming languages.
  6. (botany) The inflorescence or tassel of a mature sugar cane plant.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

arrow (arrows, present participle arrowing; past and past participle arrowed)

  1. (intransitive) To move swiftly and directly (like an arrow)
  2. (transitive) To let fly swiftly and directly
  3. (intransitive, botany, of a sugar cane plant) To develop an inflorescence.
  4. (computing, intransitive) To navigate using the arrow keys.
    Arrow left until you reach the start of the text you want to delete.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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