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[boh-shot] /ˈboʊˌʃɒt/
the distance a bow sends an arrow.
Origin of bowshot
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at bow2, shot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Half a bowshot from the gate the cavalcade met Cæsar's suite.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • A great carack was within a bowshot of them and crossing their bows.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • What say you, Assarac—can we creep on a bowshot nearer to make sure?


    G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • Lille's-hill, the Hill of Lilla, the Saxon, stands but a bowshot off from the church.

    Nooks and Corners of Shropshire H. Thornhill Timmins
  • The marshals array the two companies "at least a bowshot apart."

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • They reached the timber more than a bowshot ahead of the nearest Pawnees.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
  • They followed the trail a bowshot or more, and then they stopped.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
  • They knew that the lodges at the end of the camp were less than half a bowshot away.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • So did a number of the villagers, who gathered safely out of bowshot.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • Here we spent two days in a village a bowshot from the water.

    1492 Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for bowshot


the distance an arrow travels from the bow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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