Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old measuring rod, one ell in length.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Formerly, a measuring rod an ell long.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old mete-yard or measuring-rod, which in England was 45 inches long, and in Scotland 37 Scotch or 37.0958 English inches, the standard being the Edinburgh ellwand.
  • n. [capitalized] In Scotland, the asterism otherwise known as the Girdle or Belt of Orion. Also called Our Lady's Ellwand.

Etymologies

ell +‎ wand (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ` ` Can this be really true? '' said I. ` ` Pate swears it's as true as that his ellwand is a yard lang ---

    Rob Roy

  • “Can this be really true?” said I. “Pate swears it’s as true as that his ellwand is a yard lang — (and so it is, just bating an inch, that it may meet the

    Rob Roy

  • "Can this be really true?" said I. "Pate swears it's as true as that his ellwand is a yard lang -- (and so it is, just bating an inch, that it may meet the English measure) -- And when the chield had said his warst, there was a terrible cry for names, and out comes he wi 'this man Morris's name, and your uncle's, and Squire

    Rob Roy — Volume 01

  • He was a gey (considerably) auld man than, but as straucht as an ellwand, and jist pooerfu 'beyon' belief.

    Robert Falconer

  • This legend of the "miraculously created ellwand standard" was afterwards duly attested by a weekly service in the Church of St. John of Beverley.

    Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1

  • Methinks I see the pair upon the mountains of Tipperary -- John with a beard of three inches, united and blended with his shaggy black locks, an ellwand-looking cane with

    Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume I (of 10)

  • A pedlar, too, who has got through a portion of the Excursion before the sun has illumed the mountain-tops, is mortifying, with his piled pack and ellwand.

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2

  • A lively, bustling, arch fellow, whose pack, and oaken ellwand studded duly with brass points, denoted him to be of Autolycus's profession, occupied a good deal of the attention, and furnished much of the amusement, of the evening.

    Kenilworth

  • A lively, bustling, arch fellow, whose pack, and oaken ellwand studded duly with brass points, denoted him to be of Autolycus’s profession, occupied a good deal of the attention, and furnished much of the amusement, of the evening.

    Kenilworth

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