syli (plural sylis)
- (archaic.) a measure of distance between two outstretched arms, similar to one fathom
- Any space between the arms in which something is held. Often a mis-translation for the English word lap (the space between the knees and upper-body of a seated person)
Declension of syli (type risti)
Traditionally the Finnish cubit (kyynärä) corresponded to Swedish aln (59.4 cm), thus making the length of syli 178.2 cm (= 70.16 inches). Under the Russian rule (1809–1917) the definition of kyynärä was modified to correspond with Russian аршин (71.12 cm), thus lengthening syli to 213.36 cm (= 84 inches). In nautical terminology, syli corresponds to English fathom (72 inches = 182.88 cm).
Although derived from the noun meaning the body part, this word is inflected differently (singular genitive sylen for the length measure, and sylin for the body part).
Declension of syli (type uni)