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 for Broad arrow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arrow \Ar"row\, n. [OE. arewe, AS. arewe, earh; akin to Icel.
     ["o]r, ["o]rvar, Goth. arhwazna, and perh. L. arcus bow. Cf.
     A missile weapon of offense, slender, pointed, and usually
     feathered and barbed, to be shot from a bow.
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     Broad arrow.
     (a) An arrow with a broad head.
     (b) A mark placed upon British ordnance and government
         stores, which bears a rude resemblance to a broad
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Broad \Broad\ (br[add]d), a. [Compar. Broader
     (br[add]d"[~e]r); superl. Broadest.] [OE. brod, brad, AS.
     br[=a]d; akin to OS. br[=e]d, D. breed, G. breit, Icel.
     brei[eth]r, Sw. & Dan. bred, Goth. braids. Cf. Breadth.]
     1. Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed
        to narrow; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch
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     2. Extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad
        expanse of ocean.
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     3. Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full.
        "Broad and open day." --Bp. Porteus.
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     4. Fig.: Having a large measure of any thing or quality; not
        limited; not restrained; -- applied to any subject, and
        retaining the literal idea more or less clearly, the
        precise meaning depending largely on the substantive.
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              A broad mixture of falsehood.         --Locke.
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     Note: Hence: 
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     5. Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.
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              The words in the Constitution are broad enough to
              include the case.                     --D. Daggett.
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              In a broad, statesmanlike, and masterly way. --E.
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     6. Plain; evident; as, a broad hint.
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     7. Free; unrestrained; unconfined.
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              As broad and general as the casing air. --Shak.
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     8. (Fine Arts) Characterized by breadth. See Breadth.
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     9. Cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad
        joke; broad humor.
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     10. Strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent.
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     Note: Broad is often used in compounds to signify wide,
           large, etc.; as, broad-chested, broad-shouldered,
           broad-spreading, broad-winged.
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     Broad acres. See under Acre.
     Broad arrow, originally a pheon. See Pheon, and Broad
        arrow under Arrow.
     As broad as long, having the length equal to the breadth;
        hence, the same one way as another; coming to the same
        result by different ways or processes.
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              It is as broad as long, whether they rise to others,
              or bring others down to them.         --L'Estrange.
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     Broad pennant. See under Pennant.
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     Syn: Wide; large; ample; expanded; spacious; roomy;
          extensive; vast; comprehensive; liberal.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  broad arrow
      n 1: an arrowhead mark identifying British government property
      2: a mark shaped like an arrowhead; used to mark convicts'
      3: an arrow with a wide barbed head

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