• WordNet 3.6
    • n cubit an ancient unit of length based on the length of the forearm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sea water, loaded with mineral salts, weighs about a pound and a half more per cubit foot than fresh water at the same temperature.
    • Cubit A measure of length, being the distance from the elbow to the extremity of the middle finger.
    • Cubit (Anat) The forearm; the ulna, a bone of the arm extending from elbow to wrist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cubit In anatomy: The forearm or antebrachium; the arm from the elbow to the wrist.
    • n cubit The inner bone of the forearm; the ulna.
    • n cubit A linear unit derived from the length of the forearm. The natural cubit used for measuring cloth was probably originally the length from the end of the thumb-nail to the elbow, though no cubit so short is known. The royal Egyptian cubit is, of all units of measure or weight, that one whose use can be traced back in history the furthest; for it was employed in the construction of the pyramids of Gizeh, perhaps 3500 b. c. From a number of Egyptian measuring-sticks found in the tombs, this cubit is ascertained to be equal to 20.64 English inches, or 524 millimeters. It was divided into seven palms, instead of six as the ordinary cubit was; and this was probably owing to measurements along walls with the forearm having been made by placing the hand behind the elbow and leaving it on the wall until the arm was laid down again. The Egyptian and Roman are the only ancient cubits of importance whose lengths are undisputed. The Roman cubit was 1½ Roman feet, or 17.4 English inches. Two cubits are mentioned in the Bible, for Ezekiel speaks of a cubit which is a cubit and a hand-breadth. The shorter of these cubits was probably that which in Deuteronomy is called the cubit of a man; the longer one, that which in Chronicles is called the cubit after the first measure—that is, the most ancient cubit. Julian of Ascalon speaks of two cubits in the ratio of 28 to 25. But we have no accurate knowledge of the lengths of the Hebrew cubits, since the cubit of the temple is estimated variously by high authorities, as from 19 to 26 inches. There are many cubits, ancient and modern, of widely different values.
    • n cubit In entomology, one of the veins, nerves, or ribs of an insect's wing; a cubital rib, succeeding the radius or sector. See phrases under cubitus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cubit kū′bit a measure employed by the ancients, equal to the length of the arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle-finger, from 18 to 22 inches—also Cū′bitus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cubitum, cubitus,; elbow, ell, cubit, fr. (because the elbow serves for leaning uponcubare, to lie down, recline; cf. Gr. ky`biton elbow, ky`ptein to bend, stoop, kyfo`s bent, stooping, humpbacked. Cf. Incumbent Covey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cubitum, the elbow; cf. L. cubāre, to lie down.


In literature:

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
Fifteen cubits upwards did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
After a flight of a hundred and seventeen cubits, I landed, head down, in a soft mud-hole.
"Christmas Eve and Christmas Day" by Edward E. Hale
The length of each curtain was eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits: all the curtains had one measure.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The Royal Egyptian cubit was 20.67 inches in length, and the common cubit 18.24 inches.
"Ancient and Modern Ships." by George C. V. Holmes
It had taken thirteen long years to add those cubits to his height, but they had been well spent.
"Five Young Men" by Charles Reynolds Brown
Its length was a mile and nine furlongs and a cubit.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
The enclosure was a quadrangle of one hundred cubits by fifty; it was five cubits high, and each cubit may be taken as a foot and a half.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick
It is II or III cubites hyghe.
"The Old English Herbals" by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
AROU'RA, or ARU'RA, an ancient Egyptian measure of surface, according to Herodotus the square of 100 cubits, containing, 21,904 sq.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various

In poetry:

The Evangelist Matthew is first.
And which of us from pure joy
can add to his life’s span
one cubit?
"The Plague Colemn" by Jaroslav Seifert
His eyes were like the burning beal—
His mouth was all awry;
The truth I tell, and say he stood
Full twenty cubits high:
"Saint Oluf (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
But these, thy lovers, are not dead. Still by the
hundred-cubit gate
Dog-faced Anubis sits in state with lotus-lilies
for thy head.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
His long hair was nine cubits' span and coloured
like that yellow gem
Which hidden in their garment's hem the
merchants bring from Kurdistan.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
But the Nile-flood, when it swelleth,
Recks not man, nor where he dwelleth;
And—e'en while Sesostris reigns—
Scarce five cubits man attains.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Ancestral sway is his. The walls they rear,
Five thousand cubits long; and south and west
The doors are placed. Here will the king appear,
Here laugh, here talk, here sit him down and rest.
"On The Completion Of A Royal Palace" by Confucius

In news:

Western Michigan Head Football Coach Bill Cubit spoke with WKZO following practice Monday at Waldo Stadium.
Bill Cubit on The Yard 6/29.
Western Michigan Head Football Coach, Bill Cubit joins Zeke Trezevant on The Yard.
Bill Cubit on The Yard.
WMU head coach Bill Cubit discussing national signing day.
Cubit 's work was part of hundreds of pieces exhibited this weekend during the Hoboken Artists' Studio Tour.
A featured piece on display, which Cubit called "Spiritual God," depicts a series religious motifs she says were inspired by the Mayan calendar.
WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit Press Conference Following Bowling Gree.
After the Broncos 45-21 victory over the Falcons of Bowling Green, WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit Spoke With the media.
Bill Cubit is entering his 8th season with WMU.
Coach Cubit , Broncos poised to win MAC.
Western Michigan Coach Bill Cubit addressing the media on Friday August 10th.
Cubital tunnel syndrome causes numbness in some fingers.
Broncos fire Bill Cubit following loss to EMU .
WMU Head Football Coach Bill Cubit.