a. A measure of length varying in different countries. The English ell = 45 in.; the Scotch = 37·2; the Flemish = 27 in. Now hist. or with reference to foreign countries, the English measure being obsolete.In early use often in sing. when preceded by numerals.
b. fig. Contrasted with inch, span, etc.; esp. in proverbial phrase, give him an inch and he'll take an ell: meaning that undue advantage will be taken of a slight concession.
c. As a fluid measure.[Several correspondents inform us that they remember seeing the announcement ‘Beer sold by the yard’, on the signboards of country taverns, the reference being to the long narrow glasses about a yard high.]
a. A measuring rod; = ell-wand n. Phrase, to measure with the long ell , with the short ell: to measure unfairly as buyer or seller respectively.
ell coal n. Sc. a type of coal normally found in seams one ell or more in thickness.
† ell-ridge n. Obs. an old land-measure.
e - l
|ɛ||e||as in pet, ten|
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