An arrow is a pointed weapon that's shot with a bow. If you enjoy archery, you like to shoot arrows at a target.

A bow consists of a piece of wood, metal, or plastic that has a flexible string connected to each end, and an arrow is the smaller, sharp-ended projectile that's held as the string is stretched back. When the string is released, the arrow flies. The Old English source of arrow is earh, which most likely comes from an Old Norse root.

Definitions of arrow
  1. noun
    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
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    broad arrow
    an arrow with a wide barbed head
    butt shaft
    a blunt arrow without a barb; an arrow used for target practice
    an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges
    type of:
    missile, projectile
    a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
  2. noun
    a mark to indicate a direction or relation
    synonyms: pointer
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    type of:
    a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)
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