The Alternative English Dictionary: arrow

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etymology 1 From Middle English arow, arwe, from Old English earh, arewe, arwe, from Proto-Germanic *arhwō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂érkʷo- 〈*h₂érkʷo-〉. Cognate with Faroese ørv, ørvur, Icelandic ör, örvar, Gothic 𐌰𐍂𐍈𐌰𐌶𐌽𐌰 〈𐌰𐍂𐍈𐌰𐌶𐌽𐌰〉, Latin arquus, arcus. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈaɹ.əʊ/
  • (US) /ˈæɹ.oʊ/, /ˈeɹ.oʊ/, /ˈɛəɹ.oʊ/
  • {{audio}} (non-Mary-marry-merry)
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A projectile consisting of a shaft, a point and a tail with stabilizing fins that is shot from a bow.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} 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. \to).
  3. (graph theory) A directed edge.
  4. (colloquial, darts) A dart.
Synonyms: (projectile) streal, (in graph theory) arc, directed edge
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To move swiftly and directly (like an arrow)
  2. To let fly swiftly and directly
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etymology 2 Representing pronunciation.
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  1. (obsolete) contraction of ever a
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 153: though he hath lived here this many years, I don't believe there is arrow a servant in the house ever saw the colour of his money.

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