Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old measure of length in France, containing 6 French feet, or 1.949 meters, equivalent to 6.395 English feet.
- n. a former French unit of length, corresponding to about 1.949 metres
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An old measure of length in France, containing six French feet, or about 6.3946 French feet.
- From French toise. (Wiktionary)
“During the founding of the Metric System, less than 20 years before the date of this work, the 'toise' was assigned a value of 1.949 meters, or a little over two yards.”
“(Transcriber's Note: The 'toise' was introduced by Charlemagne in 790; it originally represented the distance between the fingertips of a man with outstretched arms, and is thus the same as the British 'fathom'.”
“Kitteh, if yoo hav warmf an noms, a kleen littre boks, an toise, if tytee wytee Dood is kind to yoo, yur wai ahed ov teh HoamLess Kitteh Boiz!”
“Mai kittehs nawt be lyking teh shawp toise too much, tehy lubs teh laive pleytings moar, so wii bee fyndin teh reel-laive ded mauses unda teh frij!”
“But only if we can get to within three hundred and fifty toise?”
“His broad, round back made him look like a tor - toise, an impression that his huge shoulders, deep chest, and narrow hips and waist did nothing to dispel.”
“There with the cat, waiting and wishing I could sleep, I rediscover my once-had-beens and should-have-dones, the tor-toise shell of pain and past all men drag with them forever.”
“French pilots still used the old-dashioned toise to measure depths, and the toise was slightly greater than the English fathom.”
“These six mortars, the largest that had ever been made, were six inches thick, used forty-five pounds of powder at a charge, and threw bombs fifteen hundred toises [A toise is six feet, and a league is three miles] in the air, and a league and a half out to sea, each bomb thrown costing the state three hundred francs.”
“Il voit les masses deau, les toise et les mesure, 15”
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