- The definition of an elbow is the joint that bends between the top and bottom parts of the arm, or anything bend in a 45° or 90° angle.
An example of an elbow is the part of the arm that bends when swinging a tennis racket.
The human elbow.
elbow definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
elbow definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- 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: Middle English elbowe, from Old English elnboga; see el- in Indo-European roots.
90° angle elbow with female threads at both ends
elbow - Medical Definition
- The joint or bend of the arm between the forearm and the upper arm. Also called cubitus.
- The bony outer projection of this joint.
- Something having a bend or an angle similar to an elbow.
elbow - Phrases/Idioms
at someone's elbow
out at (the) elbows
up to the elbows
at (one's) elbow
out at the elbows
- Poorly dressed.
- Lacking money.