sadzhen


sadzhen
   or sagene
   a traditional Russian unit of distance corresponding roughly to the English fathom and French toise. Early in the 1700s, Czar Peter the Great fixed the length of the sadzhen at exactly 7 English feet. This equals 3 arshin or 2.1336 meters. Sagene is an older transliteration of the Russian word.

Dictionary of units of measurement. 2015.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • arm's-length —    in English the term arm s length is used figuratively to mean a distance discouraging familiarity or conflict. In many cultures, however, the length of a human arm is standardized as a unit of distance equal to about 70 centimeters or 28… …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • ell —    a traditional unit of length used primarily for measuring cloth. In the English system, one ell equals 20 nails, 45 inches, or 1.25 yards (exactly 1.143 meters). The word comes from the Latin ulna, which originally meant the elbow and is now… …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • sagene —    see sadzhen …   Dictionary of units of measurement


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.