Definition of cubit in English:

cubit

noun

  • An ancient measure of length, approximately equal to the length of a forearm. It was typically about 18 inches or 44 cm, though there was a long cubit of about 21 inches or 52 cm.

    • ‘The English system of yards, pounds, and acres is more compatible with Biblical measurements such as cubits.’
    • ‘Between this pillar and the pillar of the true Trinity there was a gap three cubits wide in the wall.’
    • ‘And from the deserts of India, too, came ancient reports of a serpent seventy cubits - that is, more than a hundred feet - long.’
    • ‘Summers mentions Indian sculpture that uses the palm as a module and Egyptian reliefs that use grids and cubits as their units.’
    • ‘Tamil Brahman women wear a sari that is eighteen cubits long.’
    • ‘In the book of Daniel, chapter 3:1 to 2, the Bible tells us that Nebuchadnezzar made a huge image of gold about 60 cubits high and six cubits wide.’
    • ‘It took a line of 30 cubits to measure around it.’
    • ‘At this height the statue would have measured between three and seven feet (one and two meters), depending on the length of the cubit.’
    • ‘The basic measuring instrument was the cubit rod, the cubit being the length of the pharaoh's arm from his elbow to the tip of his fingers.’
    • ‘After it had been quarried at Hatnub, I had it transported downstream in the barge that I had made for it, a barge of acacia wood of 60 cubits in length and 30 cubits in width.’
    • ‘It starts about an hour before sunrise (from when you can recognize a friend from four cubits away), and continues until about 8 a.m.’
    • ‘According to the Bible, the Ark was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high.’
    • ‘In ancient Egypt, a cubit was the distance from the elbow to the fingertips.’
    • ‘The base is a square of side 4 cubits, the top is a square of side 2 cubits and the height of the truncated pyramid is 6 cubits.’
    • ‘The temple extended 60 cubit beneath the earth and rose 120 cubits above the surface.’
    • ‘David leveled the Philistine Goliath, ‘whose height was six cubits and a span,’ with a stone.’
    • ‘When Noah complains that 300 cubits is awfully long for a boat, God tells him: ‘I think big.’’
    • ‘The street twisted and turned to such a degree, he could not see more than twelve cubits in any direction.’
    • ‘The room must be at least 4 cubits by 4 cubits.’
    • ‘A tree measuring 50 cubits in height is constructed in Haman's palace where Mordechai is scheduled to be hung in humiliation immediately before the royal feast the following day.’

Origin

Middle English: from Latin cubitum ‘elbow, forearm, cubit’.

Pronunciation

cubit

/ˈkjuːbɪt/