- a unit of linear measure from 2½ to 4 inches (6.4 to 10 cm).
Also hand's·breadth [handz-bredth, -bretth, -breth] /ˈhændzˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ, -ˌbrɛθ/.
Origin of handbreadth
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Examples from the Web for handbreadth
Is it that His 'years are throughout all generations,' and 'my days are as an handbreadth'?Expositions of Holy Scripture</p>
A handbreadth of basis is enough for me, if it be actually basis and ground!Thus Spake Zarathustra
By what looked like a handbreadth, we cleared each other, and the race continued.The Cruise of the Cachalot
Frank T. Bullen
The room is so richly decorated that scarce a handbreadth of the surface is free from ornament.Southern Spain
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; my age before thee is as nothing; and every man at his best estate is vanity.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)
- the width of a hand used as an indication of length
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