A measure of length. In old English the word signifies arm, which
sense it still retains in the word elbow. Nature has no standard of
measure. The cubit, the ell, the span, palm, hand, finger, (being taken
from the individual who uses them) varies. So of the foot, pace, mile, or
mille passuum. See Report on Weights and Measures, by the Secretary of
State of the United. States, Feb. 22, 1821, Fathom.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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