(noun) the joint of a mammal or bird that corresponds to the human elbow


(noun) the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint; “his coat had patches over the elbows”


(noun) a sharp bend in a road or river


(noun) a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it

elbow, elbow joint, human elbow, cubitus, cubital joint, articulatio cubiti

(noun) hinge joint between the forearm and upper arm and the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped


(verb) shove one’s elbow into another person’s ribs


(verb) push one’s way with the elbows

Source: WordNet® 3.1



elbow (plural elbows)

(anatomy) The joint between the upper arm and the forearm.

(by extension) 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.

(US, dated, early 20th-century slang) A detective.

(basketball) Part of a basketball court located at the intersection of the free-throw line and the free-throw lane.

A hit with the elbow.


elbow (third-person singular simple present elbows, present participle elbowing, simple past and past participle elbowed)

(transitive) To push with the elbow.

(transitive, by extension) To nudge, jostle or push.


• Below, Blowe, Lebow, below, blowe, bowel, bowle

Source: Wiktionary

El"bow, n. Etym: [AS. elboga, elnboga (akin to D. elleboga, OHG. elinbogo, G. ellbogen, ellenbogen, Icel. ; prop.; arm-bend); eln ell (orig., forearm) + boga a bending. See 1st Ell, and 4th Bow.]

1. The joint or bend of the arm; the outer curve in the middle of the arm when bent. Her arms to the elbows naked. R. of Gloucester.

2. Any turn or bend like that of the elbow, in a wall, building, and the like; a sudden turn in a line of coast or course of a river; also, an angular or jointed part of any structure, as the raised arm of a chair or sofa, or a short pipe fitting, turning at an angle or bent.

3. (Arch.)

Definition: A sharp angle in any surface of wainscoting or other woodwork; the upright sides which flank any paneled work, as the sides of windows, where the jamb makes an elbow with the window back. Gwilt.

Note: Elbow is used adjectively or as part of a compound, to denote something shaped like, or acting like, an elbow; as, elbow joint; elbow tongs or elbow-tongs; elbowroom, elbow-room, or elbow room. At the elbow, very near; at hand.

– Elbow grease, energetic application of force in manual labor. [Low] -- Elbow in the hawse (Naut.), the twisting together of two cables by which a vessel rides at anchor, caused by swinging completely round once. Totten.

– Elbow scissors (Surg.), scissors bent in the blade or shank for convenience in cutting. Knight.

– Out at elbow, with coat worn through at the elbows; shabby; in needy circumstances.

El"bow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elbowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Elbowing.]

Definition: To push or hit with the elbow, as when one pushes by another. They [the Dutch] would elbow our own aldermen off the Royal Exchange. Macaulay. To elbow one's way, to force one's way by pushing with the elbows; as, to elbow one's way through a crowd.

El"bow, v. i.

1. To jut into an angle; to project or to bend after the manner of an elbow.

2. To push rudely along; to elbow one's way. "Purseproud, elbowing Insolence." Grainger.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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