A former measure of length (equivalent to six hand breadths) used mainly for textiles, locally variable but typically about 45 inches.
- 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.
1.1North American An extension of a building or room that is at right angles to the main part.
- Also, the architect Henry S. Kelly concluded in his 1931 architectural survey that the main house and ell were erected at the same time.
- In June 1852 Thomas Gilmour bought a lot on Prytania Street for $6,100, and the house, which had six rooms and a service ell, was finished in 1853 at a cost of $9,500.
- To integrate the CDP with its direct context, it was formed into a protective ell around three existing buildings.