A former measure of length (equivalent to six hand breadths) used mainly for textiles, locally variable but typically about 45 inches in England and 37 inches in Scotland.
- ‘Accordingly, Edinburgh would keep the ell for linear measure, Linlithgow the firlot for dry measure, Lanark the troy stone for weight, and Stirling the jug for liquid capacity.’
- ‘Forget the distance from the king's nose to the tip of his thumb, the aune and the ell, the befuddling patchwork of local measures in ancien régime France.’
- ‘And we are now to each get three ells of fine fabric a year.’
1Something that is L-shaped or that creates an L shape.
- 1.1North American An extension of a building or room that is at right angles to the main part.‘1820 brick Federal Colonial featuring clapboard ell’addition, add-on, adjunct, addendum, augmentation, supplement, appendage, appendix
- 1.2A bend or joint for connecting two pipes at right angles.
- 1.1North American An extension of a building or room that is at right angles to the main part.
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