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 (hănd′brĕdth′) also hand's-breadth or hand's breadth (hăndz′-)
A linear measurement approximating the width of the palm of the hand, from 2.5 to 4 inches (6.35 to 10.16 centimeters).


(ˈhændˌbrɛtθ; -ˌbrɛdθ) or


(Units) the width of a hand used as an indication of length


(ˈhændˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ)

also hand's-breadth

a unit of linear measure ranging from 2½ to 4 inches (6.4 to 10.2 cm).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handbreadth - any unit of length based on the breadth of the human hand
linear measure, linear unit - a unit of measurement of length
hand - a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"
References in classic literature ?
A handbreadth of basis is enough for me, if it be actually basis and ground!
They were eloquent in their dis- tress; but they presently discovered that the fire had eaten so far up under the great log it had been built against (where it curved upward and separated itself from the ground), that a handbreadth or so of it had escaped wetting; so they patiently wrought until, with shreds and bark gathered from the under sides of shel- tered logs, they coaxed the fire to burn again.
there are times when the great universe, Like cloth in some unskilful dyer's vat, Shrivels into a handbreadth, and perchance That time is now
They are robust little plants and after a year of growth you can divide them up, replanting a handbreadth apart.
He wore over his coal-black locks a milk-white turban, and over his shoulders a short mantle of the same colour, open in front and at the sleeves, under which appeared a doublet of dressed leopard's skin reaching within a handbreadth of the knee.
From a standing position with arms extended on both sides and hands facing the thighs, participants were instructed to exert as much pressure as possible for 3-5 s on the grip adapted to handbreadth.
Two 5-mm working ports were placed in the right and left lower quadrants, about one handbreadth lateral to the umbilicus and 3 cm caudally.
The right lower quadrant port is similarly placed, and then the right upper quadrant port, with the distance between the two right ports being at least one handbreadth (10 cm) in a medial direction.
Rabbi Schreiber alluded to his steadfastness in the face of Napoleon's demands as follows: "After having revealed one handbreadth, he concealed two handbreadths.
What clemency of the divine has turned the enemy's spear one handbreadth from our throat and driven it fatally into the breast of the beloved comrade at our side?
In the 1400s, a Venetian mariner wrote that cotton cloth spun by the women of the Senegal River was a handbreadth and that the Asante strip-weavers spun bands of cotton that were three fingers wide to be sewn together to form a pantjes, or sash (Gilfoy 1987).