Definition of Cubit

1. Noun. An ancient unit of length based on the length of the forearm.

Generic synonyms: Linear Measure, Linear Unit

Definition of Cubit

1. n. The forearm; the ulna, a bone of the arm extending from elbow to wrist.

Definition of Cubit

1. Noun. A unit of linear measure, no longer in use, originally equal to the length of the forearm. ¹

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Definition of Cubit

1. an ancient measure of length [n -S] : CUBITAL [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cubit

cubit (current term)
cubital bone
cubital fossa
cubital joint
cubital lymph nodes
cubital nerve
cubitus valgus
cubitus varus

Literary usage of Cubit

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1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1912)
"13 of the cubit employed in measuring his temple as being a handbreadth ... Apparently the exact length of his cubit is defined either because it had wholly ..."

2. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"The Chaldaeans made the cubit consist of six hands, each of which contained five fingers. ... Beside it was Either cubit, evidently of later construction, ..."

3. A Dictionary of the Bible, Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Robertson Smith (1896)
"The data for determining the actual length of the Mosaic cubit involve peculiar difficulties; and absolute certainty seems unattainable. ..."

4. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament: Including the Biblical by Wilhelm Gesenius, Edward Robinson (1844)
"The common cubit of the Hebrews (2(Jhr. 3, 3) was reckoned at 6 palms, or 18 inches; ... 43, 13, which agree. with the royal cubit of the Babylonians (Hdot. ..."

5. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1888)
"we may, I think, without going far wrong, conclude that the Persians had adopted the old common Babylonian cubit of 472-5 mm. It is only in this way that ..."

6. Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians, by John Gardner Wilkinson (1841)
"Every cubit is divided into fourteen parts, each of 2 digits, giving 28 digits to the cubit; and the length of the cubit is 1 ft. 8^ in., or 165 eighths, ..."

7. Dr. William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities by William Smith (1892)
"6, to he " a cubit and an hand-breadth." These expres- lious involve one of the most knotty points of Hebrew archaeology, namely, ..."

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