cubit

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See also: Cubit and cúbit

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English cubite, from Latin cubitum (elbow, cubit). Doublet of cubitus.

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Noun[edit]

cubit (plural cubits)

  1. The distance from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger used as an informal unit of length.
  2. (historical) Any of various units of length approximating this distance, usually around 35–60 cm.
  3. (anatomy, archaic) Synonym of ulna, the bone of the human forearm.

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, etc.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (unit of length): ell (now properly a separate unit)

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Malay[edit]

Alternative forms[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)

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

cubit

  1. Alternative form of cubite