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

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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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