- First Reference: Genesis 6:15
- Last Reference: Revelation 21:17
- Included in Eastons: Yes
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: Yes
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: Yes
Heb. ammah; i.e., "mother of the arm," the fore-arm, is a word derived from the Latin cubitus, the lower arm. It is difficult to determine the exact length of this measure, from the uncertainty whether it included the entire length from the elbow to the tip of the longest finger, or only from the elbow to the root of the hand at the wrist. The probability is that the longer was the original cubit. The common computation as to the length of the cubit makes it 20.24 inches for the ordinary cubit, and 21.888 inches for the sacred one. This is the same as the Egyptian measurements.
A rod or staff the measure of a cubit is called in Judges 3:16 gomed, which literally means a "cut," something "cut off." The LXX. and Vulgate render it "span."
A measure of distance
Genesis 6:16; Deuteronomy 3:11; Ezekiel 40:5; Ezekiel 43:13; Revelation 21:17
Who can add to his height
Matthew 6:27; Luke 12:25
CUBIT, noun [Latin , the elbow; signifying a turn or corner; Gr.]
1. In anatomy, the fore arm; the ulna, and bone of the arm from the elbow to the wrist.
2. In mensuration, the length of a mans arm from the elbow to the extremity of the middle finger. The cubit among the ancients was of a different length among different nations. Dr. Arbuthnot states the Roman cubit at seventeen inches and four tenths; the cubit of the scriptures at a little less than 22 inches; and the English cubit at 18 inches.
1. Of the length or measure of a cubit.
2. Pertaining to the cubit or ulna; as the cubital nerve; cubital artery; cubital muscle.
CUBITED, adjective Having the measure of a cubit.