American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wing of a building at right angles to the main structure.
- n. A right-angled bend in a pipe or conduit; an elbow.
- n. Any of several historical units of measure corresponding roughly to the length of the arm, especially the English measure equal to 45 inches (114 centimeters).
- n. Variant of el1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long measure, chiefly used for cloth. The English ell, not yet obsolete, is a yard and a quarter, or 45 inches. This unit seems to have been imported from France under the Tudors; and a statute of 1409 recognizes no difference between the ell (aune) and the yard (verge). The Scotch ell was 37 Scotch inches, or 37.0958 English inches. The so-called Flemish ell differed in different places, but averaged 27.4 English inches. Other well-ascertained ells were the following: ell of Austria, 30.676 English inches; of Bavaria, 32.702 inches; of Bremen, 22.773 inches; of Cassel, 22.424 inches; of France, 47.245 inches; of Poland, 22.650 inches; of Prussia, 26.259 inches; of Saxony, 22.257 inches; of Sweden, 23.378 inches. The ell of Holland is now the meter. See cubit, pik, endazeh, kut, braccio, khaleb.
- n. The name of the letter L, l. It is rarely so written, the symbol being used instead.
- n. An addition to or wing of a house which gives it the shape of the capital letter L.
- n. A pipe-connection changing the direction at right angles.
- n. A measure for cloth. An English ell equals 1.25 yards, whereas a Scottish ell measures only 1.0335 yards (http://www.onlineunitconversion.com). A Flemish ell measured three quarters, (27 inches).
- n. An extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.
- n. Something that is L-shaped.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A measure for cloth; -- now rarely used. It is of different lengths in different countries; the English ell being 45 inches, the Dutch or Flemish ell 27, the Scotch about 37.
- n. (Arch.) See l.
- n. an extension at the end and at right angles to the main building
- From Old English eln “unit of measure of 45 inches,” originally “length of the forearm,” from Proto-Indo-European *el- “elbow, forearm”. (Wiktionary)
- From its resemblance to the shape of the capital letter L, or short for elbow.Middle English, from Old English eln, the length from the elbow to the middle finger's tip, ell; see el- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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