Broad arrow
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 broad. [1913 Webster]

2. Extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad expanse of ocean. [1913 Webster]

3. Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full. ``Broad and open day.'' --Bp. Porteus. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A broad mixture of falsehood. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Note: Hence: [1913 Webster]

5. Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged. [1913 Webster]

The words in the Constitution are broad enough to include the case. --D. Daggett. [1913 Webster]

In a broad, statesmanlike, and masterly way. --E. Everett. [1913 Webster]

6. Plain; evident; as, a broad hint. [1913 Webster]

7. Free; unrestrained; unconfined. [1913 Webster]

As broad and general as the casing air. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. (Fine Arts) Characterized by breadth. See {Breadth}. [1913 Webster]

9. Cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad joke; broad humor. [1913 Webster]

10. Strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent. [1913 Webster]

Note: Broad is often used in compounds to signify wide, large, etc.; as, broad-chested, broad-shouldered, broad-spreading, broad-winged. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

It is as broad as long, whether they rise to others, or bring others down to them. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

{Broad pennant}. See under {Pennant}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Wide; large; ample; expanded; spacious; roomy; extensive; vast; comprehensive; liberal. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Broad arrow — Arrow Ar row, n. [OE. arewe, AS. arewe, earh; akin to Icel. [ o]r, [ o]rvar, Goth. arhwazna, and perh. L. arcus bow. Cf. {Arc}.] A missile weapon of offense, slender, pointed, and usually feathered and barbed, to be shot from a bow. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • broad arrow — n. 1. an arrow with a broad, barbed head 2. an identification mark in the form of a broad arrow that the British government puts on its property, as formerly on prisoners uniforms …   English World dictionary

  • broad-arrow — broad arrow, head see arrow III …   Useful english dictionary

  • Broad Arrow — (spr. braod árro), Goldfeld in Australien, s. Coolgardie …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Broad arrow — A broad arrow or pheon is a type of arrow with a typically flat barbed head. It is a symbol used traditionally in heraldry, most notably in England, and later the United Kingdom to mark government property.Use in heraldryThe broad arrow as an… …   Wikipedia

  • broad arrow — noun Date: 14th century 1. an arrow with a flat barbed head 2. British a mark shaped like a broad arrow that identifies government property including clothing formerly worn by convicts …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • broad arrow — /brɔd ˈæroʊ/ (say brawd aroh) noun 1. a mark of the shape of a broad arrow head, placed upon British governmental stores, and formerly on convict clothing. 2. Archery an arrow having an expanded head …   Australian English dictionary

  • broad arrow — broad′ ar′row n. 1) brit. a mark in the shape of a broad arrowhead, placed upon British government property 2) spo an arrow having an expanded head • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • broad arrow — 1. a mark in the shape of a broad arrowhead, placed upon British government property. 2. Archery. an arrow having an expanded head. 3. Heraldry. pheon. [1350 1400; ME brod arwe] * * * …   Universalium

  • broad arrow — noun 1. an arrowhead mark identifying British government property • Hypernyms: ↑marker, ↑marking, ↑mark 2. a mark shaped like an arrowhead; used to mark convicts clothing • Hypernyms: ↑mark 3. an arrow with a wide barbed head …   Useful english dictionary

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