American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A linear measurement approximating the width of the palm of the hand, from 2 1/2 to 4 inches (6.25 to 10 centimeters).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A space equal to the breadth of the hand; a palm: a unit of length in many metrical systems; especially, in books of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, one fourth of a philosophical foot, equal to about 2.45 English inches. Also called hand's-breadth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A space equal to the breadth of the hand; a palm.
- n. any unit of length based on the breadth of the human hand
“She replied, “[...] [During intercourse] he uncovers a handbreadth and covers a handbreadth, and it is as though he was urged on by a demon.””
“Men are asked to refrain from reading the Shema in the presence of a woman who has a single handbreadth exposed.”
“Beyond my argument of precision, another person left a comment on the post giving the calculation that shows that even if one takes the measurements given as being more precise than their stated precision, one comes out with a correct and very precise result if one takes into account the handbreadth thickness of the bath.”
“Although there were several doors, if one opened them one only found oneself standing in front of a dark, smooth rock-face, scarcely a handbreadth beyond the threshold and extending vertically upwards and horizontally on both sides, seemingly without any end.”
“Also he made thereunto a border of an handbreadth round about; and made a crown of gold for the border thereof round about.”
“It was a breathtaking display of skill, his chariot wheel missing the pole by no more than a handbreadth.”
“The youngster seemed to have grown a handbreadth since she had seen him last.”
“She stood up in the handbreadth of dryness under the rustic porch.”
“She followed him into the scullery, and combed her hair before the handbreadth of mirror by the back door.”
“It was marked with narrow white bands across the body, exactly like those of the koodoo, and had a black patch of more than a handbreadth on the outer side of the fore-arm.”
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