handbreadth
or handsbreadth noun Date: before 12th century any of various units of length varying from about 2 1/2 to 4 inches based on the breadth of a hand

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  • Handbreadth — Hand breadth ( br[e^]dth ), n. A space equal to the breadth of the hand; a palm. Ex. xxxvii. 12. Syn: handsbreadth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • handbreadth — [hand′bredth΄] n. the breadth of the human palm: see HAND (n. VI, 3) …   English World dictionary

  • handbreadth — /hand bredth , bretth /, n. a unit of linear measure from 2½ to 4 in. (6.4 to 10 cm). Also, hand s breadth. [1525 35; HAND + BREADTH] * * * …   Universalium

  • handbreadth — noun A space equal to the breadth of the hand; a palm Exodus 37:12 …   Wiktionary

  • Handbreadth —    A measure of four fingers, equal to about four inches (Ex. 25:25; 37:12; Ps. 39:5, etc.) …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • handbreadth — hand·breadth || hændbretθ / edθ n. unit of measure equal to four inches (10 cm) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • handbreadth — hand·breadth …   English syllables

  • handbreadth — hand•breadth [[t]ˈhændˌbrɛdθ, ˌbrɛtθ[/t]] also hand s breadth n. wam a unit of linear measure ranging from 2½ to 4 inches (6.4 to 10.2 cm) …   From formal English to slang

  • handbreadth — /ˈhændbrɛdθ/ (say handbredth), / brɛtθ/ (say bretth) noun a unit of linear measure from 6 to 10 cm. Also, hand s breadth …   Australian English dictionary

  • handbreadth — noun any unit of length based on the breadth of the human hand • Syn: ↑handsbreadth • Hypernyms: ↑linear unit, ↑linear measure • Hyponyms: ↑hand …   Useful english dictionary

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