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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Toise toiz An old measure of length in France, containing six French feet, or about 6.3946 French feet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n toise An old measure of length in France, containing 6 French feet, or 1.949 meters, equivalent to 6.395 English feet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Toise toiz an old French lineal measure=6.395 Eng. feet.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. LL. tesa, fr. L. tensus, fem. tensa, p. p. of tendere, to stretch, extend. See Tense (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. tendĕre, tensum, to stretch.


In literature:

The maddened horse gained twenty toises, and came up within pistol-shot of Fouquet.
"The Man in the Iron Mask" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The lake is not deep, but seldom freezes, although it is thirty-one toises more elevated than that of Geneva.
"A tour through some parts of France, Switzerland, Savoy, Germany and Belgium" by Richard Boyle Bernard
Sa hauteur est donc de 2337-2/3 toises, ou de 5448 varas au-dessus du niveau de la mer.
"Theory of the Earth, Volume 2 (of 4)" by James Hutton
Feuille: 2270 toises or 13,265 feet.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
The maddened horse gained twenty toises, and came up within pistol-shot of Fouquet.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
It is two thousand toises in length, and three hundred in breadth.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
Soon it had passed by six hundred toises (1800 feet) the front of the French army.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
The depth of the lake near the shore is eleven, and in the middle not more than seventeen toises.
"A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. Vol. 1" by Otto von Kotzebue
The French fathom, nearly approaching to ours: the proportion of the English yard to the French demi-toise being as 36 to 38.35.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
At the same time he had a better look at me, toised me a second time sharply, and then smiled.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Little Miami and Cincinnati, a wall of 7 feet high and 6300 toises long.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2)" by George Warburton
The terrestrial measurement gave 78,850 toises, whence he inferred for the length of the degree 57,060 toises.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
That one hundred toises of Stone should accordingly be contracted for without delay.
"Toronto of Old" by Henry Scadding
It is hidden in the forest not three hundred toises from here.
"The Chevalier d'Auriac" by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
This fort was a redoubt of five toises high, six long, and three round.
"The Monarchs of the Main, Volume II (of 3)" by Walter Thornbury
Eusebius lays the circumference at 2550 toises.
"Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. I of II)" by Charles Bucke