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# What is a cubit?

a cubit is a unit of mesurment from the length of the tip of the middle finger to the elbow.

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a cubit is a unit of mesurment from the length of the tip of the middle finger to the elbow.

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A "cubit" is an ancient Egyptian unit of measurement equating to 18 inches. Thus, 100 cubits = 150 feet = 45.72 meters..
The term is sometimes used to mean square cubits, or …an area 18 inches by 18 inches. In that case, it would be 225 ft 2 . (MORE)

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A cubit is the measurement from a mans forearm to the tip of his middle finger. As you can see that means that each mans cubit is a different size. To solve this problem in An…cient times the universal cubit would be the length of the kings cubit. According to Wikipedia The distance between thumb and another finger to the elbow on an average person measures about 24 digits or 6 palms or 1Â½ feet. This is about 45 cm or 18 inches. This so-called "natural cubit" of 1Â½ feet is used in the Roman system of measures and in different Greek systems. Over time, units similar in type to the cubit have measured: .
6 palms 24 digits, i.e. ~45.0 cm or 18 inches (1.50 ft) .
7 palms 28 digits, i.e. ~52.5 cm or 21 inches (1.75 ft) .
8 palms 32 digits, i.e. ~60.0 cm or 24 inches (2.00 ft) .
9 palms 36 digits, i.e. ~67.5 cm or 27 inches (2.25 ft) (MORE)

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This is from a Bible dictionary: The ordinary unit of length among the Hebrews; originally the distance from the elbow to the tip of the fingers. It varied in length, from 17 …1/2 inches in the 8th century BC. to 21 1/2 inches in time of our Lord. (MORE)

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Ancient Abbreviation It is not known as to exactly how length in cubits was abbreviated but iit can be inferred that abbreviations were used in those days. However, a cubit, s…pelled "×××" is such a short word in ancient Hebrew that it didn't need to be abbreviated Units of measurement may have been purposely given short names so writing their name would be quick. People of antiquity would probably have simply written cubit as: ××× .
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Modern Abbreviation There is no official modern English abbreviation for a cubit. The letters "cu" stand for copper and may cause ambiguity, as does "cb" for cubic and "ct" for computed topograph (used for measuring X-ray attenuation) so one should stay away from those abbreviations. In the rare case of the use of the cubit it is typically abbreviated: cbt. .
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Few ancient measurements were 'standard'. Generally two people doing business agreed on the standard between them. A cubit was a body-based measurement - supposedly the len…gth of a forearm. To the best of my knowledge, only the 'carob' was a standard measurment - as the seeds of the carob are, apparently, always the same weight. (MORE)

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After the decline of the Roman Empire there was a demographic decline and fewer buildings erected and the cubit eventually became the Yard.

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A cubit equal 18 inches, so that would be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.

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A cubit equal 18 inches, so that would be 450 feet by 75 feet by 45 feet.

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1 cubic foot = 12 x 12 x 12 = 1728 cubic inches 3456 cubic inches = 3456/1728 = 2 cubic feet