cubit
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈkjuː.bɪt/
  • (America) enPR: kyo͞o'bĭt, IPA: /ˈkju.bɪt/
Noun

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.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Matthew 6:27 ↗:
      Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
  2. (anatomy) The ulna.
Synonyms
  • (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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