• WordNet 3.6
    • n arrow a projectile with a straight thin shaft and an arrowhead on one end and stabilizing vanes on the other; intended to be shot from a bow
    • n arrow a mark to indicate a direction or relation
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Additional illustrations & photos:

arrows and sticks arrows and sticks
bows and arrows bows and arrows
Chipped flint arrow heads Chipped flint arrow heads
Arrow-root Arrow-root

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Broken Arrow, Oklahoma pigs less than 32 inches in length may be kept as pets provided there are no more than two in a house.
    • n Arrow A missile weapon of offense, slender, pointed, and usually feathered and barbed, to be shot from a bow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In honor of the original thirteen states, the U.S. $1 bill has the following on the back: 13 steps on the pyramid. The motto above the pyramid has 13 letters (annuit coeptis). E pluribus unum, written on the ribbon in the eagle's beak, has 13 letters. 13 stars appear over the eagle's head. 13 stripes are on the shield. 13 war arrows are in the eagle's left talon.
    • n arrow A slender, generally pointed, missile weapon made to be shot from a bow. Arrows have nearly universally been made with a light, straight shaft of wood, fitted with feathers at the nock-end to steady the flight, and with a pointed head of various forms, often barbed so as to remain fixed in the object pierced. Those used in the middle ages rarely had barbed heads; sometimes the head was flat, sometimes conical, and fitted to the shaft like the ferrule of a walking-stick. The arrow-heads of the North American Indians were of flint, obsidian, or other hard stone, or of bone, as well as of metal, and were often barbed. They were secured to the shaft by lashings of hide or sinew. Arrow-heads intended to be poisoned, as among South American Indians, are said to be fastened lightly, so as to leave the shaft and remain in the wound. The feathers at the butt of the shaft seem to have been generally used in all ages, and are so set, or are of such a form, as to give to the arrow a rotary movement, like that of a rifle-ball. The arrow of the crossbow is called a bolt or quarrel (which see).
    • n arrow Anything resembling an arrow. In surveying a small pointed iron rod, or a stick shod with iron, stuck into the ground to mark a chain's length.
    • arrow To grow up into a long pointed stalk like an arrow.
    • arrow To move swiftly, as an arrow.
    • arrow To blossom: said particularly of sugar-cane, which throws out an arrowlike flowering; stalk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Great Seal of the US the eagle grasps 13 arrows and an olive branch.
    • n Arrow ar′rō a straight, pointed weapon, made to be shot from a bow: any arrow-shaped pin or ornament: the chief shoot of a plant, esp. the flowering stem of the sugar-cane
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  • Georg Hermes
    Georg Hermes
    “Death is like an arrow that is already in flight, and your life lasts only until it reaches you.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “You can always tell who the pioneers are because they have arrows in their back and are lying face down in the dirt.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “Four things come not back. The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, ad the neglected opportunity.”
  • Anais Nin
    “Electric flesh-arrows... traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm.”
  • Buddha
    “As the Fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.”


Arrow in the quiver - An arrow in the quiver is a strategy or option that could be used to achieve your objective.
Straight as an arrow - A person who is as straight as an arrow is extremely honest and genuine.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. arewe, AS. arewe, earh,; akin to Icel. ör, örvar, Goth. arhwazna, and perh. L. arcus, bow. Cf. Arc
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. earh, arwe; cog. with L. arcus; akin to Ice. ör, örvar.


In literature:

Travis shot at that, his arrow followed instantly by one from Tsoay.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
In a few seconds the canoe had passed over the first stage of the rapids, and shot down with the velocity of an arrow.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Astonished at this, she made me write again and again for her arrows, her lance, and many other things.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
They offered me the bows and arrows with which they were armed in exchange for beads, necklaces, and other trifles.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Among them were throwing wands and snow-arrows.
"Indian Child Life" by Charles A. Eastman
When several of the pursuers brought their guns to their shoulders, Deerfoot shot like an arrow among the trees and vanished.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
A species of arrow, short and thick, used to kill birds without piercing their skins.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The natives, lying on their backs, shot arrow after arrow into the air, in each case transfixing a goose.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Their fire-arrows could fall on us too easy.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Simultaneously with their utterance came the hiss of an Indian arrow, and with a deep groan he sank to the ground.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
How long must I sit in Cudred's cottage mending arrows when my heart wishes to help my suffering people!
"Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades" by Florence Holbrook
He has made all the arrows for the fighting men.
"The Arrow-Maker" by Mary Austin
Will plied the bow and arrow, and, when the arrows were exhausted, used a long lance.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
He stood in the stirrups, bow and an arrow in hand with a steel-tipped armor-piercing arrow nocked.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He fired arrow after arrow as he went, as fast as he could and still hit his mark.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Robin spied out a fine old stag, and his fingers itched to fit one of his new arrows to his bow.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
And his wife saw that all his arrows lay there trembling.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
The arrow, all unguided, shot straight up into the air, turned over, fell sharply, and buried its head in a bit of soft ground.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
They do not know the Long Arrow.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
The boy will grow, and he will shoot us with his bow and arrows.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor

In poetry:

"But others have share
Of lake and of land,
A swift-footed band
No arrow can scare.
"Cree Fairies" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
"Three arrows now to her heart!"
They shouted, and sped,
Each king, an evil dart
With a flinten head.
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
I sent a sigh to seek thee out,
Deep drawn in pain,
Wing'd like an arrow: but my scout
Returns in vain.
"The Search" by George Herbert
"So he took up his bow,
And he feathered his arrow,
And said, 'I will shoot
This little cock-sparrow.'"
"Fragments from "Under The Lilacs"." by Louisa May Alcott
Whereupon his strongest bowe
And sharpest arrowes hente
And in Amarillis eyes
He lyghtely pighte his tente:
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
He had a bow bent in his hand,
Made of a trusty tree;
An arrow of a cloth-yard long
Up to the head drew hee.
"The More Modern Ballad of Chevy Chace" by Anonymous British

In news:

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BROKEN ARROW, OKLA.—Kodiak Mobile Television is a new mobile production company and a sister to Kodiak Production Group, a full-service production company that handles both live and post production work.
Call me Sebastian, arrows sticking all over The map of my battlefields.
Arrow Energy CEO Says Queensland LNG Invest Decision Due 2013.
Quin Gresham, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.
Deborah and Scott talk with Quin Gresham, artistic director of the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, Missouri, about their 2012 summer season of theatre.
For Danny Cahill, of Broken Arrow, Okla.
Hoping Cupid's Quiver Contains Lots of Extra Arrows.
Editor's Note: Another arrow in the quiver toward the goal of OEE.
More arrows in the quiver .
Click the yellow arrows above to read other essays on Buckminster Fuller.
PICTURE THIS – Russian immigrant-turned moviemaker Tateh (Andrew Arrow, center) explains his work to Ragtime : The Musical's wealthy New Yorkers Susan Molloy and Chris Kolb.
Gusty southerly winds return (orange arrows) for mid-week as the pressure field tightens with deepening low pressure to our west.
John Taylor displays the pink guitar he made to raise money for breast cancer research at his temporary workshop at his home in Broken Arrow MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World.
Use the arrow keys to move your mouse around the maze.

In science:

Q′ −−−−→ Q −−−−→ Q′′ −−−−→ 0 The first horizontal sequence is exact because π is finite, Q′ is defined as the image in Q of π∗E ′ so that the first vertical arrow is onto, Q′′ is defined by demanding that the second horizontal sequence is exact, and final ly the third vertical arrow is onto by the snake lemma.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
All the arrows, but the last one, will be explained in this section; the last arrow will be discussed in sections 7 and 8.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
One overturned arrow: Q = M − 2 Let us next consider the states with one overturned arrow, i.e. M − 1 up arrows and 1 down arrow.
A Six Vertex Model on a Fishnet
We start this section by defining relations on a ob ject A in a C-category C in terms of arrows and collect such arrows into a category of relations RA (C ).
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
It is evident that the product of n relations consists of strings of composable arrows of length n, one arrow from each relation.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
We have seen that the tensor product of two relations r and s with domains B and E is a new graph on the vertex set A where the set of arrows consists of all composable pairs of arrows from B and E .
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
We have seen that r is a monoid if there exists a associative rule of composition for composable arrows in r such that for each ob ject x ∈ A there exists an arrow with source and target given by x and that acts as right and left unit for the composition.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Let D be a smal l category which admits a ful ly faithful functor i : K → D, where K is a category with two objects k1 , k2 , at least one arrow f : k1 → k2 and no arrows in the opposite direction.
An example of a non-cofibrantly generated model category
The arrow shows the pro jection on the detector plane of the particle tra jectory between the entry point in the upper MWPC and the intercept on the detector plane (arrow head).
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
We shall draw a diagram with the set of vertices given by not reduced and rubbish weights and arrows indexed by twisting weights: an arrow µ has a tail χ1 and a head χ2 if and only if [gχ1 , gµ ] = gχ2 .
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
We also consider arrows of time of different origins (quantum, electromagnetic, thermodynamic, etc.) showing that they can be non-conventionally defined only if the geometrical arrow is previously defined.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
The global system (symbolized in Fig.1) has a time-asymmetry that we may call ”global arrow of time” (GAT): this arrow points in opposite direction to the initial cosmological instability and follows the evolution of all the hierarchical chain towards equilibrium14 .
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
The arrows coming from the left of each box represent the energy produced by other boxes: part of the energy going to the right is used to produce new unstable states, and the rest is degraded (the degraded energy is represented by the outgoing arrows that do not end in a box).
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
The ob jects of H omC (x, y ) are called 1-arrows, and the arrows are called 2-arrows.
Non abelian cohomology: the point of view of gerbed tower
Let x and y be a pair of ob jects of C (E , F ), an ob ject of H omC (E ,F )(x, y ) is an arrow between h(x) and h(y ). A 2-arrow between the ob jects x and y is a cartesian map between x and y .
Non abelian cohomology: the point of view of gerbed tower