Napoleon Series Archive 2003

Re: Meaning of the word "toise"

Bruno,

As the toise is by definition ' extended arms ‘ ( Toise = latin word (ex-) tendus)', all those who live under the metric system know the means of
obtaining a rope of one meter:

To take a string with the left hand, to turn the face on his right side, to extend his left arm; with the right hand to take the string
to the point of the nose: from fingers of the left hand wide to the point
of the nose = 1 meter (or 1/2 Toise). It is what my
father said to me when I was child....

In 1668 the standard of the toise were sealed at the foot of the staircase of the Grand-Châtelet in Paris. It is only in 1747 that Condamine was
going to check that the standard was false, because he had been
deformed by work of masonry and the weight of the columns of the
staircase…….

A+ Dominique

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