cubit

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See also: qubit and cúbit

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin cubitum(elbow, cubit).

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Noun[edit]

cubit ‎(plural cubits)

  1. (historical units of measure) Various former units of length notionally based on the distance from a grown man's elbow to his fingertips, standardized in different places and times at values between 35 and 60 cm.
  2. (anatomy) The ulna.

Usage notes[edit]

In English, most commonly encountered in biblical Hebrew measures based on the shorter of the two Egyptian cubits, although the term is also used broadly for other units between the length of a foot and a yard. These may be clarified with a preceding adjective: Greek cubit, Roman cubit, &c.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (unit of length): ell (now properly a separate English unit); arshin, Russian cubit (Russian contexts); dira (modern Middle Eastern contexts)
  • (bone): See ulna

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Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayic *-bit, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *-bit, from Proto-Austronesian *-bit.

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Verb[edit]

cubit ‎(Jawi spelling چوبيت, used in the form mencubit)

  1. to pinch (to squeeze a small amount of skin)