from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A span; a measure of about six inches.
  • n. A unit of length, 6 - 6½ inches or 2 palms, i.e. 15.24 cm, the width of the fist and outstretched thumb of a standard archer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as shaft-mond.
  • n. The part of an arrow on which the feathering is laid.


From Middle English schaftmonde, from Old English sceaftmund ("a palm, a palm's length"), equivalent to shaft +‎ mound (“hand”). (Wiktionary)



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