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  • n. A traditional unit of distance equal to the width of a clenched fist with the thumb extended (approx. 6½ inches or 16½ centimetres).

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  • n. about seven inches; the breadth of a fist with the thumb stuck out (used especially in archery to give the correct distance of the string from the bow)

Etymologies

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fist + mele, variant of meal ("measure"), from Old English mæl.

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