from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The distance that an arrow can be shot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of firing an arrow from a bow

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The distance traversed by an arrow shot from a bow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shot from a bow.
  • n. The distance traversed by an arrow in its flight from a bow.


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  • So the King bade them retire a bowshot from the horse; whereupon quoth its owner, “O King, see thou; I am about to mount my horse and charge upon thy host and scatter them right and left and split their hearts asunder.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I don't think you should take a bowshot at a running deer.

    The running shot

  • It is very possible a bowshot made that bloodtrail.

    Poucher shot deer from my stand.

  • I've been told Steve had no idea that buck was around until he showed up for the bowshot of a lifetime.

    South Dakota Saga Builds

  • "Parallel with the street," wrote the topographer HW Timperley in the 1930s, "and a bowshot from it, the Kennet rolls its deep and clear chalk waters beneath the bowery margins of a score of pleasant gardens ..."

    In praise of … the river Kennet | Editorial

  • Albright had planned to let the chief go once out of bowshot, but Pal Pi Qua refused to leave, and he realized the man could not swim.

    The Kurse of Kain « A Fly in Amber

  • As described in v. 16, after Hagar had placed Ishmael under the bush, she sat down “at a distance, a bowshot [ki-mtahavei, literally, bowshots] away.”

    Hagar: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • Remember, Bill Clinton wasn't running in 2000, but it was the GOP's unrelenting demonizing of Clinton and associating Gore with all of Clinton's sins, both real and imagined, that really undercut Gore (the obvious choice by any rational standard) with broad sections of the American people and got Bush (a staggeringly awful candidate by any rational standard) within bowshot of winning the 2000 election.

    Edwards Coins New Phrase For Escalation: "The McCain Doctrine"

  • "At over a bowshot distance how can you-" the big man began.


  • But now the Assyrians saw their own men borne down on them in rout, with Cyrus and his comrades at their heels in full career, while Astyages and his cavalry were already within bowshot.



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