from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The German fathom, a measure containing 6 local feet.
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A klafter consists of logs, each about three feet long, and apparently the split quarters of young trees of a uniform size.
At that time one malter  of wheat was 10s., and one klafter  of wood 18s., and land was falling in price.
A malter of wheat costs 18s.; a klafter of wood, 30s. to 36s.
His attorney was the noted Bussy, and the court decreed the estates of Trenck should pay at the rate of one form thirty kreutzers per klafter, or forty-five thousand florins, with all costs, and an order was given to the administrators to pay the money.