The human elbow.
An example of an elbow is the part of the arm that bends when swinging a tennis racket.
- the joint between the upper and lower arm; esp., the outer part of the angle made by a bent arm
- the joint corresponding to this in the forelimb of quadrupeds
- the part of a sleeve covering the elbow
- anything bent like an elbow, as a fitting for joining plumbing pipes at a 45° or 90° angle
Origin of elbowMiddle English elbowe ; from Old English elboga ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form alino-boga (from source German ellenbogen): see ell and amp; bow
- to shove or jostle with or as with elbows
- to push (one's way) with the elbows or rudely
- to make one's way by shoving or jostling
- to form an angle
at someone's elbow
out at (the) elbows
up to the elbows
- a. The joint or bend of the arm between the forearm and the upper arm.b. The bony outer projection of this joint.
- A joint, as of a bird or quadruped, corresponding to the human elbow.
- Something having a bend or angle similar to an elbow, especially:a. A length of pipe with a sharp bend in it.b. A sharp bend in a river or road.
verbel·bowed, el·bow·ing, el·bows
- To push, jostle, or shove with the elbow: elbowed me in the ribs to get me to stop laughing.
- To open up (a means of passage, for example) by or as if by use of the elbow: elbowed her way through the crowd.
- To make one's way by pushing with the elbow.
- To turn at an angle; bend: The lane elbows to the left.
Origin of elbowMiddle English elbowe, from Old English elnboga; see el- in Indo-European roots.
90° angle elbow with female threads at both ends
- The joint between the upper arm and the forearm.
- Any turn or bend like that of the elbow, in a wall, building, coastline, etc.; an angular or jointed part of any structure, such as the raised arm of a chair or sofa, or a short pipe fitting, turning at an angle or bent.
- the sides of windows, where the jamb makes an elbow with the window back
- (basketball) Part of a basketball court located at the intersection of the free-throw line and the free-throw lane.
(third-person singular simple present elbows, present participle elbowing, simple past and past participle elbowed)
From Middle English elbowe, from Old English elboga, elnboga (“elbow”), from Proto-Germanic *alinabugô (“elbow”), equivalent to ell + bow. Cognate with Scots elbuck (“elbow”), Saterland Frisian Älbooge (“elbow”), Dutch elleboog (“elbow”), Low German Ellebage (“elbow”), German Ellbogen, Ellenbogen (“elbow”), Danish albue (“elbow”), Icelandic olbogi, olnbogi (“elbow”).