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  • n. [IBM] The error code displayed on line 25 of a 3270 terminal (or a PC emulating a 3270) for various kinds of protocol violations and "unexpected" error conditions (including connection to a down computer). On a PC, simulated with `->/_', with the two center characters overstruck. Note to appreciate this term fully, it helps to know that `broken arrow' is also military jargon for an accident involving nuclear weapons.