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hand·breadth

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

(ˈhændˌbrɛtθ; -ˌbrɛdθ) or

hand's-breadth

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

(ˈhændˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ)

also hand's-breadth



n.
a unit of linear measure ranging from 2½ to 4 inches (6.4 to 10.2 cm).
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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"
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References in classic literature ?
Borne backward to the earth, he saw above him the dead and drawn face within a hand's breadth of his own, and then all was black.
They walked in easy, swinging strides, Tarzan keeping a hand's breadth behind the girl's shoulder, that she might set the pace, and thus be less fatigued.
Ida Walker was a hand's breadth smaller than Clara, but was a little fuller in the face and plumper in the figure.
The lines, of which, hardly an instant before, not one hand's breadth could have been gained, were now in long quick coils flung back all dripping into the boats, and soon the whale broke water within two ship's lengths of the hunters.
Haley's horse, which was a white one, and very fleet and spirited, appeared to enter into the spirit of the scene with great gusto; and having for his coursing ground a lawn of nearly half a mile in extent, gently sloping down on every side into indefinite woodland, he appeared to take infinite delight in seeing how near he could allow his pursuers to approach him, and then, when within a hand's breadth, whisk off with a start and a snort, like a mischievous beast as he was and career far down into some alley of the wood-lot.