Arrowy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Arrowy Consisting of arrows. "How quick they wheeled, and flying, behind them shot
      Sharp sleet of arrowy showers."
    • Arrowy Formed or moving like, or in any respect resembling, an arrow; swift; darting; piercing. "His arrowy tongue.""By the blue rushing of the arrowy Rhone.""With arrowy vitalities, vivacities, and ingenuities."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • arrowy Resembling an arrow or arrows, as in shape or in rapidity and directness of motion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Arrowy of or like arrows
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. earh, arwe; cog. with L. arcus; akin to Ice. ör, örvar.

Usage

In literature:

Is it a thunderbolt of Zeus or sleet Of arrowy hail?
"The Oedipus Trilogy" by Sophocles
His glances followed the arrowy glances of his guest to see what marks they made.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1" by Various
With an arrowy gliding motion one passes through the snow-world as through a dream.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
A dreadful gust of icy wind, accompanied by the arrowy sleet, rushes aft rather heading us.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
It was overspread with dark, threatening clouds, from which issued rumbling peals of thunder and arrowy lines of lightning.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
Thei schote spearis and dagged arrowis, whare the cumpanyes war thikest.
"The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by John Knox
The bull, maddened by the arrowy squibs, and terrified by their hissing, ran at the top of his speed in a nearly direct line.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Mine eyes are dizzy with the arrowy hail; Mine ears are stunn'd with blows, and sick for calm.
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
E'er many months have passed, his arrowy showers And gusty cohorts will descend again.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Now came the arrowy flight and form of the hurricane itself.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 6 June 1848" by Various
She stood up, slim-necked, an arrowy maid, with her burning face and sea-green eyes chastened by real humility.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
O say, if here your arrowy course ye sped To throw fresh glory round my towering head.
"The Birth of the War-God" by Kalidasa
How the sharp arrowy shower beneath the sun goes hissing dark.
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles Vol. 2" by William Lisle Bowles
And then, as the first arrowy gleams of the sun began to warm the world, they started from their night's camp.
"John Ames, Native Commissioner" by Bertram Mitford
Over their tops Haviland glimpsed the quick arrowy flight.
"Haviland's Chum" by Bertram Mitford
Joy and prosperity succeeded the arrowy storm of war.
"An Address, Delivered Before the Was-ah Ho-de-no-son-ne or New Confederacy of the Iroquois" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
He turned over in his bed, and the sound of arrowy, rushing air went farther into the distance as he did so.
"The Promise of Air" by Algernon Blackwood
He painted with arrowy speed, more especially in his later years.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 4" by Various
At each stroke of the oars the arrowy boat flies and skims the waters like a thing of life.
"Turkey" by Julius R. Van Millingen
By God's truth I've seen The arrowy sunlight in her golden snares.
"Canzoni & Ripostes" by Ezra Pound
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In poetry:

That selfs you, lovely trick of you,
That darts such arrowy
Perfume, your individual rose,
To make us cry 'tis she!
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
Let harmonies of colour marry and follow
And breaking waves in a rhythmic dance ensue;
And all your thought fly free as the wings of the swallow,
Whose arrowy curves obey their measure, too.
"The Road Through Chaos" by Alfred Noyes
The war wind fails. A gray cloud trails
Over the sodden plain.
Swift and bright, the arrowy light
Smites the rear of the Rain in flight!
And lo, on high, spanning the sky,
The arch of a Victor's might!
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Would the golden vapors trooping over heaven,
Quench the starry tapers of the sunless even?
When the arrowy lightnings smite the rocks asunder,
Do they shrink with frightenings from the bellowing thunder?
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor
WHERE is my chief, my master, this bleak night, mavrone?
O cold, cold, miserably cold is this bleak night for Hugh!
Its showery, arrowy, speary sleet pierceth one thro' and thro' —
Pierceth one to the very bone.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan
Adown each slippery precipice
Rattled the loosen'd rocks, like balls
Shot from his booming thunder guns,
Whose smoke, effacing stars and suns,
Darkens the stifled heaven, and falls
Far off in arrowy showers of ice.
"The Year-King" by Denis Florence MacCarthy