There are 2 main definitions of ell in English:

ell1

Syllabification: ell

noun

A former measure of length (equivalent to six hand breadths) used mainly for textiles, locally variable but typically about 45 inches.
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  • 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.

Origin

Old English eln, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin ulna (see ulna). Compare with elbow and also with cubit (the measure was originally linked to the length of the human arm or forearm).

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There are 2 main definitions of ell in English:

ell2

Syllabification: ell

noun

1Something that is L-shaped or that creates an L shape, in particular.
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  • Eventually, she crawls beneath the covers into the ells formed by bent legs, and instantly conks out.
1.1North American An extension of a building or room that is at right angles to the main part.
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  • 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.
1.2North American A bend or joint for connecting two pipes at right angles.

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