toise


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toise

(tɔɪz)
n
an obsolete French unit of length roughly equal to 2 metres
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The maddened horse gained twenty toises, and came up within pistol-shot of Fouquet.
There have been employed in making the said new cage, ninety-six horizontal beams, and fifty-two upright joists, ten wall plates three toises long; there have been occupied nineteen carpenters to hew, work, and fit all the said wood in the courtyard of the Bastille during twenty days.
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The beautiful illustrative work combines with fanciful descriptions of scenery, pleasing inns referred to by the names' of their owners, and accurate measurements of hill and mountain heights (using the French toise as is only proper).
Les medecins, les avocats, les prestataires de services, tels que les cliniques privees evitent de payer les impots, faisant ainsi etalage des privileges d'une classe moyenne superieure qui toise d'en haut les plus pauvres des Tunisiens avec un melange de dedain, de condescendance et de peur.
Ma dopo la sconfitta di Waterloo il figlio di Carlo IV, assurto al trono come Ferdinando VII, la toise a tutti e tre.
J'ai le droit de faire un voeu a mon etoile filante Sur les cils de tes yeux revolver J'ai mis un peu de khol berbere Ton regard est devenu alors ensorceleur Tu m'as toise et tu m'as meduse Tes yeux assassins ne m'ont pas epargne Ne me repousse pas
Krul, 1,93 m, sous la toise, va jouer la provocation durant la seance, defiant du regard tous les tireurs, tout en sortant le grand jeu.
Et ebbe una femmina [186v] in Allesandria che ebbe nome Guardigiani (11) (Gardigam R), ch'era donna d'uno chastello e di gran gente; la quale, quando vide Maomecto, credecte ch'avesse spirito di profetia (profeta R), onde il toise per marito e fecelo signiore di quanto ella avea, si che poi tutta quella provinda tenne che fosse messaggio di Dio.
TRAVELLING ZOO - Clockwise from bottom left, Evie Johnson, nine, Jamie Howmans, Stef's daughter Katie, with Rex the tarantula, Tom Stephenson, eight, and Stef Wraith, all taken at a recent visit to Zone 4 Kids Nursery, in Whitley Bay MENAGERIE: - Stef Wraith at home with Misty the barn owl, and her children, from left, Tony, 12, with Selina the corn snake, Katie, seven, and Little Easter the rabbit, Scott, 13, holding Dotty the bantum chicken, and 53-year old Terry the tor toise
His unit of measurement, the toise, did not have a perfectly preserved standard (it varied from time to time and from place to place throughout France), and Picard recognized the virtue of a standard that could be recovered if necessary by making it referable to an invariable feature of nature, and the length of a pendulum beating in seconds fitted this criterion.