Distance between wingtips

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SPAN.

Last seen on: USA Today Crossword – Jun 3 2019

Random information on the term “SPAN”:

A span is the distance measured by a human hand, from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger. In ancient times, a span was considered to be half a cubit. Sometimes the distinction is made between the great span (thumb to little finger) and little span (thumb to index finger, or index finger to little finger).

Ancient Greek texts show that the span was used as a fixed measure in ancient Greece since at least archaic period. The word spithame (Greek: “σπιθαμή”), “span”, is attested in the work of Herodotus in the 5th century BC; however, the span was used in Greece long before that, since the word trispithamos (Greek: “τρισπίθαμος”), “three spans long”, occurs as early as the 8th century BC in Hesiod.

See also: English unit

In Arabic, the analogue of the great span is the šibr (شبر). It is used in Modern Standard Arabic and classical Arabic, as well as in modern-day dialects.

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