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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ar·row n.  A missile weapon of offense, slender, pointed, and usually feathered and barbed, to be shot from a bow.
 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 arrowhead.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Broad a. [Compar. Broader superl. Broadest.]
 1. Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed to narrow; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch broad.
 2. Extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad expanse of ocean.
 3. Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full. Broad and open day.”
 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.
    A broad mixture of falsehood.   --Locke.
 Note: Hence: -
 5. Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.
    The words in the Constitution are broad enough to include the case.   --D. Daggett.
    In a broad, statesmanlike, and masterly way.   --E. Everett.
 6. Plain; evident; as, a broad hint.
 7. Free; unrestrained; unconfined.
    As broad and general as the casing air.   --Shak.
 8. Fine Arts Characterized by breadth. See Breadth.
 9. Cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad joke; broad humor.
 10. Strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent.
 Note:Broad is often used in compounds to signify wide, large, etc.; as, broad-chested, broad-shouldered, broad-spreading, broad-winged.
 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.
    It is as broad as long, whether they rise to others, or bring others down to them.   --L'Estrange.
 Broad pennant. See under Pennant.
 Syn: -- Wide; large; ample; expanded; spacious; roomy; extensive; vast; comprehensive; liberal.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 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