from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short distance.

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  • n. A short distance, roughly equivalent to how far a person can throw a stone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a short distance


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  • I little thought then, that I should have the largest Clock-factory in the world, within a stone's throw of my sleeping-place, as has since proved.

    History of the American Clock Business and Life of Chauncey Jerome

  • At Geneva he was within a stone's throw of Chamounix, and hardly more than that of Strasburg Cathedral, and yet he visited neither.

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • From Lord Guy Malvoisin's division, the barrier turned in a good stone's throw towards the river, and thence it bent straight again along Count William's camp, and ran down to the river on the side towards the sea.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • "The priests must have had them moved under cover of darkness from the Temple of Peace, only a stone's throw away."

    Crusader Gold

  • Floyd apparently had not the wit to connect "Old John Brown" of the letter with the notorious John Brown on whose head President Buchanan and the State of Missouri had put a price, but like a good little bureaucrat he knew that there was no armoury in Maryland - that there was a large undefended armoury within a stone's throw of Mary-land, just across the river in Virginia, did not occur to him.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • Cy Twombly's paintings are today on view at Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London, cheek by jowl with works by the 17th century master Nicolas Poussin, and a stone's throw from paintings by Rubens and Rembrandt.

    Cy Twombly - an appreciation: Paintings about sex and death

  • It was situated on the northeastern shore of Nahant, within a stone's throw of broken and bold rocks, where the deep pools furnished him with ever fresh specimens from natural aquariums which were re-stocked at every rise of the tide.

    Louis Agassiz His Life and Correspondence

  • But what took my eye was the dense throng of people watching, hardly more than a long stone's throw away - there were hundreds of 'em, among the armoury sheds and outside the gates on the open ground towards the railroad tracks, militia mostly, but many townsmen, and women and children, too, all spell-bound in a strange silence broken only by the steady tread of the two approaching officers.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • It was a damned rum business, when you think of it, a quiet little town being held up by a gang of fanatics to no apparent purpose; the two sides taking pot shots and confabbing by turns, and folk going about their business a stone's throw away.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • I feel right at home in Bettendorf, which is just a stone's throw from my home state of Illinois.

    Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Reclaiming the American Dream


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