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ell1  (el),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.
  2. elbow (def. 5).
  3. something that isL-shaped.
Also,  el. 
  • a spelling, spelled of the letter name, or by shortening of elbow 1765–75

ell2  (el),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Weights and Measuresa former measure of length, varying in different countries: in England equal to 45 in. (114 cm).
  • bef. 950; Middle English, Old English eln; cognate with Old Norse eln, Old High German elina, Gothic aleina, Latin ulna, Greek ōlénē. See elbow


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ell /ɛl/ n
  1. an obsolete unit of length equal to approximately 45 inches
Etymology: Old English eln the forearm (the measure originally being from the elbow to the fingertips); related to Old High German elina, Latin ulna, Greek ōlenē



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