From (etyl) eln “unit of measure of 45 inches,” originally “length of the forearm,” from Proto-Indo-European .
A measure for cloth. An English ell' equals 1.25 yards, whereas a Scottish ' ell measures only 1.0335 yards (http://www.onlineunitconversion.com). A Flemish ell measured three quarters, (27 inches).
From the name of the letter L
An extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.
Something that is L-shaped.
* (l), (l), (l), (l) (Scotland)
(rare, or, dialectal) One's age, age in years, period of life.
* 1868 , John Eadie, A Biblical cyclopædia :
* 1913 , Paulist Fathers, Catholic world :
- The experience of many years gave old men peculiar qualification for various offices; and elders, or men of a ripe or advanced eld or age, were variously employed under the Mosaic law.
(archaic, or, poetic) Old age, senility; an old person.
* 1912', Herbert Van Allen Ferguson, ''Rhymes of '''eld :
- Promptly appeared a paragon, aged twenty-five or thereabouts, and exhibiting all the steadiness and serenity of advanced eld .
* 1912 , Arthur S. Way, translating Euripides, Medea , Heinemann 1946, p. 329:
- The withered limbs of eld , the thin, gray hair [...]
* 1904 , , The Sun's Shame , II, lines 1-3
- the alien wife / No crown of honour was as eld drew on.
- ''As some true chief of men, bowed down with stress
- ''Of life's disastrous eld , on blossoming youth
(archaic, or, poetic) Time; an age, an indefinitely long period of time.
(archaic, or, poetic) Former ages, antiquity, olden times.
* 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 38:
- ''May gaze, and murmur with self-pity and ruth, -
- Once adown the dewy way a youthful cavalier spurred with a maiden mounted behind him, swiftly passing out of sight, recalling to the imagination some romance of eld , when the damosel fled with her lover.
(intransitive, archaic, poetic, or, dialectal) To age, become or grow old.
(intransitive, archaic, or, poetic) To delay; linger.
(transitive, archaic, or, poetic) To make old, age.
* 1906, The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, "eld".
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