from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A space equal to the length of the arm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun attributive form of arm's length


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  • Although used figuratively in English, this phrase in some other cultures represents a standardized unit of distance equal to about 70 centimeters or 28 inches; for example, the braccio (Italian), the sadzhen (Russian), and the pik (Turkish).

    November 6, 2007