|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
A measure of four fingers, equal to about four inches (Exodus 25:25; 37:12; Psalm 39:5, etc.).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
(n.) A space equal to the breadth of the hand; a palm.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
hand'-bredth (Tephach, Tophach, 1 Kings 7:26 2 Chronicles 4:5; Psalm 39:5 Exodus 25:25; Exodus 37:12 Ezekiel 40:5, 43; Ezekiel 43:13): A Hebrew linear measure containing 4 fingers, or digits, and equal to about 3 inches.
See WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.
Handbreadth (9 Occurrences)
Exodus 25:25 You shall make a rim of a handbreadth around it. You shall make a golden molding on its rim around it. (WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 37:12 He made a border of a handbreadth around it, and made a golden molding on its border around it. (WEB KJV ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Kings 7:26 It was a handbreadth thick: and its brim was worked like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily: it held two thousand baths. (WEB ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Chronicles 4:5 It was a handbreadth thick; and its brim was worked like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily: it received and held three thousand baths. (WEB KJV JPS ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 39:5 Behold, you have made my days handbreadths. My lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely every man stands as a breath." Selah. (Root in WEB KJV ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Lamentations 2:20 See, O Jehovah, and look attentively, To whom Thou hast acted thus, Do women eat their fruit, infants of a handbreadth? Slain in the sanctuary of the Lord are priest and prophet? (YLT)
Ezekiel 40:5 Behold, a wall on the outside of the house all around, and in the man's hand a measuring reed six cubits long, of a cubit and a handbreadth each: so he measured the thickness of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. (WEB ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Ezekiel 40:43 The hooks, a handbreadth long, were fastened within all around: and on the tables was the flesh of the offering. (WEB JPS ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Ezekiel 43:13 These are the measures of the altar by cubits (the cubit is a cubit and a handbreadth): the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and its border around its edge a span; and this shall be the base of the altar. (WEB JPS ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)