elbow

noun
el·​bow | \ ˈel-ˌbō How to pronounce elbow (audio) \

Definition of elbow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the joint of the human arm
b : a corresponding joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate
2 : something (such as macaroni or an angular pipe fitting) resembling an elbow
at one's elbow
: at one's side
out at elbows or out at the elbows
1 : shabbily dressed
2 : short of funds

elbow

verb
elbowed; elbowing; elbows

Definition of elbow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to force (one's way) by pushing with or as if with the elbow elbowing our way through the crowd

intransitive verb

1 : to advance by pushing with the elbow
2 : to make an angle : turn

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Examples of elbow in a Sentence

Noun He wore a tattered coat with holes in the elbows. Verb The actor's bodyguards rudely elbowed everyone out of the way. Everyone was shoving and elbowing to get a good position.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During this year’s spring training, Sims dealt with elbow tightness and didn’t even pitch in simulated games until the middle of March. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 18 June 2021 Right-hander Chris Devenski has opted to undergo elbow surgery, Lovullo said, but the exact nature of the procedure will not be clear until the surgeon is able to see the extent of the ligament damage in his arm. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 25 May 2021 In his first game with the Red Sox and first since having right elbow surgery last September, Santana batted leadoff and played first base. Rob Maaddi, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 In his first game with the Red Sox and first in the major leagues since having right elbow surgery last September, Santana batted leadoff and played first base. Rob Maaddi, courant.com, 21 May 2021 One of the Brewers' better pitching prospects, File underwent elbow surgery Feb. 4. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 May 2021 Gallen, the Diamondbacks’ top starter, has not pitched since May 7 due to what was called a minor sprain in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2021 The Mets may need to reassess their rotation after learning Thursday that right-hander Noah Syndergaard won’t throw for at least six weeks due to inflammation in his right elbow. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 28 May 2021 After a 20-minute rain delay at Guaranteed Rate Field and a leadoff single from Cedric Mullins, Trey Mancini was hit in his right elbow by a 95 mph fastball from Chicago starter Dylan Cease. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the pandemic ended handshakes and kissing on the cheek last year, people around the world tried alternatives such as fist bumps or elbow bumps to greet each other. Rachel Trent, CNN, 5 June 2021 It can be seen in his decision to fill the space between his left wrist and elbow with a dozen or so tattoos sitting at odd angles, in different sizes, but telling one story of the influences who left a permanent impression on him. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 Certainly, Heylin sets out to elbow past all other comers, making bullying attempts to clear the crowded field of Dylan researchers, biographers, and armchair obsessives. John Semley, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 Sometimes a splint to keep the wrist or elbow in a neutral position is all that’s necessary. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 19 May 2021 Why undermine that craftsmanship by saturating scenes with manipulative, elbow-to-the-ribs musical cues? BostonGlobe.com, 9 May 2021 The busts are embroidered with intricate stitching and the sleeves balloon out from shoulder to elbow. Lacy Warner, Vogue, 4 May 2021 Some asked for a selfie; others exchanged wrist and elbow bumps. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2021 His social media posts are filled with him enjoying the life of the city, drinking boba tea, strolling through Coney Island and elbow bumping supporters. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of elbow

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for elbow

Noun

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

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The first known use of elbow was before the 12th century

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20 Jun 2021

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“Elbow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elbow. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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elbow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elbow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

elbow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elbow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to push or shove (someone) with your elbow

elbow

noun
el·​bow | \ ˈel-ˌbō How to pronounce elbow (audio) \

Kids Definition of elbow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the joint or the region of the joint of the arm or of the same part of an animal's front legs
2 : a part (as of a pipe) bent like an elbow

elbow

verb
elbowed; elbowing

Kids Definition of elbow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to jab with an elbow
2 : to push or force a way with or as if with the elbows He elbowed his way past Officer Delinko …— Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

elbow

noun
el·​bow | \ ˈel-ˌbō How to pronounce elbow (audio) \

Medical Definition of elbow

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

called also elbow joint

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

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