ETYM Old Eng. arewe, AS. arewe, earh; akin to Icel. ör, örvar, Goth. arhwazna, and perh. Latin arcus bow. Related to Arc.
1. A mark to indicate a direction or relation; SYN. pointer.
2. 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.
1. A piece of hardware used for fastening; it screws into a nut.
2. The part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key; SYN. deadbolt.
3. A sudden abandonment (as from a political party).
4. A sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech.
5. Sifting cloth.
ETYM Old Fren. dart, of German origin; cf. Old High Germ. tart javelin, dart, AS. darath, daroth, Swed. dart dagger, Icel. darrathr dart.
1. A small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot.
2. A tapered tuck made in dressmaking.
ETYM Old Eng. shaft, schaft, as. sceaft.
1. A line that forms the length of an arrow pointer.
2. A long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow).
3. A vertical passage into a mine.
4. A vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator).
5. The vertical part of a column.