from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old measure for cloth which differed somewhat in length from the modern yard. See yard.


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  • While he spoke, the damsel had selected from the arms a bow of extraordinary strength, considerably above six feet in length, with three shafts of a cloth-yard long.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • He wars on Louis; whichever gains the better, I, who must be strengthened in their mutual weakness, receive the advantage — The Englishmen slay the French with their cloth-yard shafts, and the Frenchmen, by skirmishes, waste, weaken, and destroy the English.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Scot from the cloth-yard shaft, and he will keep himself from the handy stroke.

    The Monastery

  • Halbert from a life of “spur, spear, and snaffle,” as they called that of the border-riders, from the dint of a cloth-yard shaft, or the loop of an inch-cord, was, that he should marry and settle, and that

    The Monastery

  • This station have I held for a month and more against all comers, and all gave me fair thanks for the knightly manner of quitting myself towards them, except one, who had the evil hap to fall from his horse, and did break his neck; and another, who was struck through the body, so that the lance came out behind his back about a cloth-yard, all dripping with blood.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • The men in the canoes rushed their boats toward the river-wall, and were met by another shower of cloth-yard shafts and a volley from the small balistas mounted on towers on that side The Conquering Sword of Conan of the stockade.

    The Conquering Sword of Conan

  • The cloth-yard shafts of the English archers did great execution.

    Little Travels and Roadside Sketches

  • He told every rivet on my armour with a cloth-yard shaft, that rapped against my ribs with as little compunction as if my bones had been of iron —


  • The archers, trained by their woodland pastimes to the most effective use of the long-bow, shot, to use the appropriate phrase of the time, so “wholly together,” that no point at which a defender could show the least part of his person, escaped their cloth-yard shafts.


  • Kynan even joined the hunt, grinning as he transfixed a silver and black gemsbok with a cloth-yard shaft.

    Time Scout


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