from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A missile having a straight thin shaft with a pointed head at one end and often flight-stabilizing vanes at the other, meant to be shot from a bow.
  • n. Something, such as a directional symbol, that is similar to an arrow in form or function.
  • intransitive v. To move like an arrow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Contraction of ever a.
  • n. A projectile consisting of a shaft, a point and a tail with stabilizing fins that is shot from a bow.
  • n. A sign or symbol used to indicate a direction (eg. ).
  • n. A directed edge.
  • n. A dart.
  • v. To move swiftly and directly (like an arrow)
  • v. To let fly swiftly and directly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A missile weapon of offense, slender, pointed, and usually feathered and barbed, to be shot from a bow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grow up into a long pointed stalk like an arrow.
  • To move swiftly, as an arrow.
  • To blossom: said particularly of sugar-cane, which throws out an arrowlike flowering; stalk.
  • n. A slender, generally pointed, missile weapon made to be shot from a bow.
  • n. Anything resembling an arrow.
  • n.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mark to indicate a direction or relation
  • n. 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


Middle English arwe, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English earh, ārwe. (Wiktionary)
Representing pronunciation. (Wiktionary)


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