handbreadth

[ hand-bredth, -bretth ]
/ ˈhændˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ /

noun

a unit of linear measure from 2½ to 4 inches (6.4 to 10 centimeters).

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Also hand's·breadth [handz-bredth, -bretth, -breth]. /ˈhændzˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ, -ˌbrɛθ/.

Origin of handbreadth

First recorded in 1525–35; hand + breadth
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British Dictionary definitions for handbreadth

handbreadth

hand's-breadth

/ (ˈhændˌbrɛtθ, -ˌbrɛdθ) /

noun

the width of a hand used as an indication of length
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