stonecast

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

stone +‎ cast

Noun[edit]

stonecast (usually uncountable, plural stonecasts)

  1. A stone's throw; a short distance.
    • 1835, Michael Scott, Tom Cringle's log
      They passed beneath where we sat, and, when about a stonecast beyond, they all jumped into a trench or pit, which I had not noticed before, about twenty feet long, by eight wide.
    • 1890, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of the Four
      Brown, heavy clouds were drifting across the sky, and it was hard to see more than a stonecast.