handsbreadth


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Related to handsbreadth: hand's breadth
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Noun1.handsbreadth - 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 ?
The lama brought his thousand-wrinkled face once more a handsbreadth from the Englishman's.
But in choosing a wife, an action that will result either in pleasure or in disgust for a lifetime, they proceed so negligently, as to evaluate the whole woman--with the rest of her body covered with clothing--by hardly more than a single handsbreadth (for nothing beyond the face is visible) and join themselves to her not without great danger of getting along badly if something later proves offensive.
If there is any culture here It comes from the black south wind Howling above the factories A handsbreadth from Antarctica.