1. A missile having a straight thin shaft and typically having a pointed head at one end and flight-stabilizing vanes at the tail end, meant to be shot from a bow.
2. Something, such as a directional symbol, that is similar to an arrow in form or function.
v. arrowed, arrow·ing, arrows
To move like an arrow.
To shoot with an arrow: arrowed a deer.
[Middle English arwe, from Old English.]
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