from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A span; a measure of about six inches.
- n. A unit of length, 6 - 6½ inches or 2 palms, i.e. 15.24 cm, the width of the fist and outstretched thumb of a standard archer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as shaft-mond.
- n. The part of an arrow on which the feathering is laid.
From Middle English schaftmonde, from Old English sceaftmund ("a palm, a palm's length"), equivalent to shaft + mound (“hand”). (Wiktionary)