American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of handbreadth.
“Hand's-breadth by hand's-breadth he climbed the wall, never looking down.”
“Iron spikes, spaced about a hand's-breadth apart along the top, ruled out that idea.”
“After all, there is a beak fully capable of biting through his spine less than a hand's-breadth from his nose.”
“Everywhere but here the buildings stood so close together that there wasn't a hand's-breadth of space between them.”
“She was tall, a hand's-breadth taller than he, and erect as one of the lilies she clasped.”
“If he could have stood erect he would have been a hand's-breadth taller than his sister, but thus hunched he looked even shorter.”
“The long knife quivered in its neck, point and a foot of blade showing on one side, and the hilt and a hand's-breadth of steel on the other, but it only seemed to madden the giant reptile.”
“On this wreath rested a crown of about a hand's-breadth, decorated with jewels and surmounted by three bands of metal crowned by a knob.”
“The lilies wavered what seemed but a hand's-breadth from him.”
“This span of days, this hand's-breadth of existence, is too palpably fragmentary.”
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