from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a unit of length approximately equivalent to 30.3 cm, ten times a sun, and a tenth of a jō; in the carpenter's square, approximately equivalent to 30.3 cm, and in the cloth measure approximately 37.9 cm
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Japanese foot, containing 10 tsŭn or inches, and equal to about 11¾ English inches.
- n. In Japan, a stick or baton of wood or ivory which was formerly carried at court, and was held in a certain manner to give the body a dignified carriage on state occasions. When the ogi or folding fan was invented, it took the place of the shaku.
From Japanese shaku. (Wiktionary)