from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The shaft of an arrow.


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  • The arrow-shaft is a reed-like branch of a tree called the Winter's bark; it is winged with feathers of native birds, and is tipped with a unique glass point.

    The Giant Indians of Tierra Del Fuego

  • Using the arrow-shaft as a guide, I eased them deeper and deeper into the wound, until only the long handles 'still protruded.

    River God

  • There was only a thin rime of blood around that arrow-shaft which had seeped up from the wound, but when I laid my ear to his chest I heard the blood bubbling in his lungs with each breath he drew, and a thin red snake of it crawled from his mouth down his chin.

    River God

  • Each arrow-shaft left a dark stain of wet blood upon the pale, roan-coloured hide.

    River God

  • From within the impenetrable darkness of this invisible arrow-shaft the very substance of the soul is projected; and in its projection it assumes the form of these flames; and the name I have given to this mysterious outpouring of the soul is _emotion_, whereof the opposing poles of contending force are respectively love and malice.

    The Complex Vision

  • A low, piercing whistle cut the night air like the flight of an arrow-shaft.

    Lords of the North

  • Then, with the utmost coolness, he proceeded to snap the arrow-shaft in twain and draw out the barb,

    The Doomsman

  • The horseman had retained the feathered end of the arrow-shaft, and he proceeded to examine it with an appearance of polite interest.

    The Doomsman

  • For the space of an inch he lapped the sinew about the feathers and arrow-shaft, slowly rotating it all the while, at last smoothing the binding with his thumb nail.

    Hunting with the Bow and Arrow

  • This he bound down completely to the arrow-shaft and finished all by smoothing the wet lapping with his thumb nail.

    Hunting with the Bow and Arrow


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