Elbow definition

ĕlbō
To make one's way by pushing with the elbow.
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To push, jostle, or shove with the elbow.

Elbowed me in the ribs to get me to stop laughing.

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To turn at an angle; bend.

The lane elbows to the left.

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The part of a sleeve covering the elbow.
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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.

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Something having a bend or angle similar to an elbow, especially:
  • A length of pipe with a sharp bend in it.
  • A sharp bend in a river or road.
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The joint or bend of the arm between the forearm and the upper arm.
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The bony outer projection of this joint.
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To open up (a means of passage, for example) by or as if by use of the elbow.

Elbowed her way through the crowd.

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Anything bent like an elbow, as a fitting for joining plumbing pipes at a 45° or 90° angle.
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The joint between the upper and lower arm; esp., the outer part of the angle made by a bent arm.
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The joint corresponding to this in the forelimb of quadrupeds.
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To shove or jostle with or as with elbows.
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To push (one's way) with the elbows or rudely.
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To make one's way by shoving or jostling.
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To form an angle.
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A joint, as of a bird or quadruped, corresponding to the human elbow.
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The joint or bend of the arm between the forearm and the upper arm.
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The bony outer projection of this joint.
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The joint between the upper arm and the forearm.
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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.

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(basketball) Part of a basketball court located at the intersection of the free-throw line and the free-throw lane.
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To push with the elbow; to jostle or force.

He elbowed his way through the crowd.

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A joint, as of a bird or quadruped, corresponding to the human elbow.
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at (one's) elbow
  • Close at hand; nearby.
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out at the elbows
  • Poorly dressed.
  • Lacking money.
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at someone's elbow
  • very close to someone; easy to reach
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out at (the) elbows
  • shabby; poverty-stricken
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up to the elbows
  • deeply engaged (in work, etc.)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
elbow
Plural:
elbows

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

out at the elbows
at someone's elbow
out at (the) elbows
up to the elbows

Origin of elbow

  • Middle English elbowe from Old English elnboga el- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary