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el1

[el] /ɛl/
noun
1.
Informal. elevated railroad.
Origin of el1
by shortening

el2

[el] /ɛl/
noun
1.
ell1 .

el3

[el] /ɛl/
noun
1.
the letter l.

el.

1.

ell1

or el

[el] /ɛl/
noun
1.
an extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.
2.
elbow (def 5).
3.
something that is L -shaped.
Origin
1765-75; a spelling of the letter name, or by shortening of elbow
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  • A contribution to a knowledge of the herpetological fauna of el Peten, Guatemala.

  • Boabdil el Chico had taken the field, at the head of a numerous army.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He could never forget the incident of el Salado, nor cease to feel gratitude to the man who had offered to give up life for him.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • The words said that from the mine of el Alisal the mission of Soledad could be seen.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Beyond the gleaming waves he fancied he could see the jagged shore-line of el Diablo.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
British Dictionary definitions for el

el

/ɛl/
noun
1.
(US, informal) a shortened form of elevated railway or railroad See elevated railway

ell1

/ɛl/
noun
1.
an obsolete unit of length equal to approximately 45 inches
Word Origin
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

ell2

/ɛl/
noun
1.
an extension to a building, usually at right angles and located at one end
2.
a pipe fitting, pipe, or tube with a sharp right-angle bend
Word Origin
C20: a spelling of L, indicating a right angle
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Word Origin and History for el
n.

American English abbreviation of elevated railroad, first recorded 1906 in O. Henry.

ell

n.

"unit of measure of 45 inches," Old English eln, originally "forearm, length of the arm" (as a measure, anywhere from a foot and a half to two feet), from PIE *el- (1) "elbow, forearm" (cf. Greek olene "elbow," Latin ulna, Armenian uln "shoulder," Sanskrit anih "part of the leg above the knee," Lithuanian alkune "elbow").

The exact distance varied, depending on whose arm was used as the base and whether it was measured from the shoulder to the fingertip or the wrist: the Scottish ell was 37.2 inches, the Flemish 27 inches. Latin ulna also was a unit of linear measure, and cf. cubit.

Whereas shee tooke an inche of liberty before, tooke an ell afterwardes [Humfrey Gifford, "A Posie of Gilloflowers," 1580].

type of building extension, 1773, American English; so called for resemblance to the shape of the alphabet letter.

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Related Abbreviations for el

el

1.
elevated railroad
2.
Greek

EL

1.
electroluminescent
2.
exposure level

el.

elevation
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