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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bowshot

Historical Examples of bowshot

  • 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.

  • The marshals array the two companies "at least a bowshot apart."

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony

    William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for bowshot



the distance an arrow travels from the bow
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