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[boh-shot] /ˈboʊˌʃɒt/
the distance a bow sends an arrow.
Origin of bowshot
1250-1300; Middle English; see bow2, shot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So they ran for about a bowshot; then Diomede dropped his whip, and his horses, wanting the lash, began to fall back.

    Stories from the Iliad H. L. Havell
  • A great carack was within a bowshot of them and crossing their bows.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "The palefaces are two bowshot lengths from my father's camp," the Indian answered laconically.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • What say you, Assarac—can we creep on a bowshot nearer to make sure?

    Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • The Kano men, as soon as they fired their pieces, ran out of bowshot to reload.

    Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston
  • Lille's-hill, the Hill of Lilla, the Saxon, stands but a bowshot off from the church.

    Nooks and Corners of Shropshire H. Thornhill Timmins
  • The Squire had spurred his horse down the hillside and never halted until he was within a bowshot of the gate.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They followed the trail a bowshot or more, and then they stopped.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
  • Half a bowshot from the gate the cavalcade met Cæsar's suite.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • They reached the timber more than a bowshot ahead of the nearest Pawnees.

    Three Sioux Scouts Elmer Russell Gregor
British Dictionary definitions for bowshot


the distance an arrow travels from the bow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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