shaftment

shaftment
I. \\](t)mənt\ noun (-s)
Etymology: alteration (probably influenced by -ment) of Middle English shaftmond, from Old English sceaftmund, from sceaft shaft + mund hand — more at shaft, manual
archaic : the distance from the tip of the extended thumb across the breadth of the palm used as a measure equivalent to about six inches : fistmele
II. noun (-s)
Etymology: shaft (I) + -ment
: the part of an arrow on which the crest and feathers are placed

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  • Shaftment — The shaftment is a unit of length, 6 6½ inches or 2 palms, i.e. 15.24 cm. A shaftment is the width of the fist and outstretched thumb. The lengths of poles, staves, etc. can be easily measured by grasping the bottom of the staff with thumb… …   Wikipedia

  • shaftment —    an old English unit of distance equal to 2 palms.    A shaftment is the distance from the tip of the outstretched thumb to the opposite side of the palm of the hand. The ending ment is from the old English word mund, hand. The shaftment was an …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • Shaftment — Shaftman Shaft man, Shaftment Shaft ment, n. [AS. sceaftmund.] A measure of about six inches. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shaftment — noun A unit of length, 6 6½ inches or 2 palms, i.e. 15.24 cm, the width of the fist and outstretched thumb of a standard archer. The shaftment is the width of the palm and the outstretched thumb [ …   Wiktionary

  • shaftment — shaft·ment …   English syllables

  • shaftment —  the measure of the fist, with the thumb set up. N. From the Saxon, SCOSFT MUND, semipes …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • Anthropic units — The ability to characterize, quantify, and measure objects in the physical world is an essential milestone towards the development of complex human civilizations. A vast number of measurement standards have evolved over time, and these standards… …   Wikipedia

  • Shaftman — Shaft man, Shaftment Shaft ment, n. [AS. sceaftmund.] A measure of about six inches. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shathmont — Shath mont, n. A shaftment. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Digit (length) — A digit (lat. finger ), when used as a unit of length, is usually a sixteenth of a foot, i.e. 3/4 Prime; or 1.905 cm (for the international inch). The width of an adult human male finger tip is indeed about 2 centimetres. In English this unit has …   Wikipedia

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