el

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[el]
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noun

Informal. elevated railroad.

Nearby words

  1. ekman layer,
  2. ekman spiral,
  3. ekpwele,
  4. ekuele,
  5. eky,
  6. el aaiún,
  7. el alamein,
  8. el cajon,
  9. el campo,
  10. el capitan

Origin of el

1
by shortening

el

2
[el]

noun

el

3
[el]

noun

the letter l.

ell

1

or el

[el]

noun

an extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.
something that is L-shaped.

Origin of ell

1
First recorded in 1765–75; a spelling of the letter name, or by shortening of elbow

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British Dictionary definitions for els

Els

noun

Ernie, full name Theodore Ernest Els . born 1969; South African golfer: won the British Open Championship (2002, 2012) and the US Open Championship (1994, 1997)

el

noun

US informal a shortened form of elevated railway or railroadSee elevated railway

ell

1

noun

an obsolete unit of length equal to approximately 45 inches

Word Origin for ell

Old English eln the forearm (the measure originally being from the elbow to the fingertips); related to Old High German elina, Latin ulna, Greek ōlenē

ell

2

noun

an extension to a building, usually at right angles and located at one end
a pipe fitting, pipe, or tube with a sharp right-angle bend

Word Origin for ell

C20: a spelling of L, indicating a right angle

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Word Origin and History for els
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