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elbow

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noun el·bow \ˈel-ˌbō\

Simple Definition of elbow

  • : the joint where your arm bends

  • : the part of a piece of clothing that covers the elbow

  • : something (such as a pipe or a piece of food) that is bent like an elbow

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of elbow

  1. 1 a :  the joint of the human arm b :  a corresponding joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate

  2. 2 :  something (as macaroni or an angular pipe fitting) resembling an elbow

at one's elbow
  1. :  at one's side

out at elbows or out at the elbows
  1. 1 :  shabbily dressed

  2. 2 :  short of funds

Examples of elbow in a sentence

  1. He wore a tattered coat with holes in the elbows.



Origin of elbow

Middle English elbowe, from Old English elboga, from el- (akin to eln ell) + Old English boga bow — more at ell, bow


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with elbow

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elbow

verb el·bow

Simple Definition of elbow

  • : to push or shove (someone) with your elbow

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of elbow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to push with the elbow :  jostle b :  to shove aside by pushing with or as if with the elbow <people elbowed each other to get a better view>

  3. 2 :  to force (as one's way) by pushing with or as if with the elbow <elbowing our way through the crowd>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to advance by pushing with the elbow

  6. 2 :  to make an angle :  turn

Examples of elbow in a sentence

  1. The actor's bodyguards rudely elbowed everyone out of the way.

  2. Everyone was shoving and elbowing to get a good position.



1605

First Known Use of elbow

1605



ELBOW Defined for Kids

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elbow

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noun el·bow \ˈel-ˌbō\

Definition of elbow for Students

  1. 1 :  the joint or the region of the joint of the arm or of the same part of an animal's front legs

  2. 2 :  a part (as of a pipe) bent like an elbow




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elbow

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verb el·bow

Definition of elbow for Students

elbowedelbowing

  1. 1 :  to jab with an elbow

  2. 2 :  to push or force a way with or as if with the elbows <He elbowed his way past Officer Delinko … — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>




Medical Dictionary

elbow

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noun el·bow \ˈel-ˌbō\

Medical Definition of elbow

  1. 1:  the joint between the human forearm and the upper arm that supports the outer curve of the arm when bent—called also

  2. 2:  a joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate corresponding to the elbow





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