- an ancient linear unit based on the length of the forearm, from elbow to the tip of the middle finger, usually from 17 to 21 inches (43 to 53 cm).
Origin of cubit
Examples from the Web for cubit
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
I saw likewise other fish about a cubit in length, that had heads like owls.The Arabian Nights
Which of you, by taking thought, can add one cubit unto his stature?Christian Devotedness
Anthony Norris Groves
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?Fragments of science, V. 1-2
The other kind of sheep has the tail broad, even as much as a cubit in breadth.The History Of Herodotus
- an ancient measure of length based on the length of the forearm
Word Origin and History for cubit
ancient unit of measure based on the forearm from elbow to fingertip, usually from 18 to 22 inches, early 14c., from Latin cubitum "the elbow," from PIE *keu(b)- "to bend." Such a measure, known by a word meaning "forearm" or the like, was known to many peoples (e.g. Greek pekhys, Hebrew ammah, English ell).