Sometimes Vologonov knocks at the partition-wall with a superannuated arshin measure which has only fifteen vershoki of its length remaining.
"Through Russia" by Maxim Gorky
While a machine is like an arshin (yardstick), it contains exactly so much as the work required.
"Foma Gordyeff" by Maxim Gorky
The rooms, of which there are from twelve to twenty, and even more, are all six arshins in height.
"What To Do? thoughts evoked by the census of Moscow" by Count Lyof N. Tolstoi