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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A linear measurement approximating the width of the palm of the hand, from 2.5 to 4 inches (6.35 to 10.16 centimeters).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A space equal to the breadth of the hand; a palm: a unit of length in many metrical systems; especially, in books of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, one fourth of a philosophical foot, equal to about 2.45 English inches. Also called hand's-breadth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A space equal to the breadth of the hand; a palm.

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

  • noun A space equal to the breadth of the hand; a palm - Exodus 37:12

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any unit of length based on the breadth of the human hand

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Examples

  • She replied, “[...] [During intercourse] he uncovers a handbreadth and covers a handbreadth, and it is as though he was urged on by a demon.”

    Modesty and Sexuality in Halakhic Literature.

  • Men are asked to refrain from reading the Shema in the presence of a woman who has a single handbreadth exposed.

    Modesty and Sexuality in Halakhic Literature.

  • Although there were several doors, if one opened them one only found oneself standing in front of a dark, smooth rock-face, scarcely a handbreadth beyond the threshold and extending vertically upwards and horizontally on both sides, seemingly without any end.

    Kafka and the Coincidence of Opposites

  • Beyond my argument of precision, another person left a comment on the post giving the calculation that shows that even if one takes the measurements given as being more precise than their stated precision, one comes out with a correct and very precise result if one takes into account the handbreadth thickness of the bath.

    Waldo Jaquith - Pi is exactly three!

  • The youngster seemed to have grown a handbreadth since she had seen him last.

    Shield of Thunder

  • Also he made thereunto a border of an handbreadth round about; and made a crown of gold for the border thereof round about.

    Villaraigosa And Nunez Cut And Run - Video Report

  • Also he made thereunto a border of an handbreadth round about; and made a crown of gold for the border thereof round about.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • It was a breathtaking display of skill, his chariot wheel missing the pole by no more than a handbreadth.

    Shield of Thunder

  • She stood up in the handbreadth of dryness under the rustic porch.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • She followed him into the scullery, and combed her hair before the handbreadth of mirror by the back door.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

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