elbow

noun
el·bow | \ ˈel-ˌbō \

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

The elbow opened up a cut that required four stitches and forced Jackson to play with a mask in the second half. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' Josh Jackson to receive concussion testing," 7 July 2018 The arm, which was fractured just below the elbow when hit by a Keynan Middleton pitch in the ninth inning of a loss to the Los Angeles Angels, is fine. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers' Andrus: 'I thought it was going to be a lot easier than it is'," 26 June 2018 Then the motorcyclist tossed the concrete into the car’s passenger-side window, hitting the woman in the jaw and striking the driver in the elbow, according to police. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Driver honked at weaving motorcycle. His girlfriend got hit in the face with concrete, Ohio cops say," 19 June 2018 Images of the elbow revealed no structural damage for the 13-year veteran sidearmer who exited April with a 9.64 ERA but began to find his groove before feeling the irritation. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Joe Smith to begin throwing soon, says he is 'feeling great'," 15 June 2018 After hitting Toby Hanson on the elbow, Chamberlain whiffed Micah Coffey to end the inning. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Adley Rutschman leads Oregon State past Minnesota, into College World Series," 10 June 2018 Meghan’s new sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, has always worn a sleeve that comes past the elbow since making her Trooping debut in 2011. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Breaks Protocol (Again!) with Her Off-the-Shoulder Dress at Trooping the Colour," 9 June 2018 The Padres continue to be assured by doctors that there is no structural damage to the elbow. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Lockett to make MLB debut; Myers out until July?," 31 May 2018 He was also told that John Barnes, the school police officer who had been shot in the elbow, had to be resuscitated as he was airlifted to the hospital. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "‘Don’t Scream’: How the Texas School Shooting Unfolded," 20 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Miller departed his start on Wednesday after just one inning due to elbow tightness and was placed on the 10-day disabled list the next day. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo: Initial update on Shelby Miller’s elbow positive," 13 July 2018 For example, a baseball pitcher can begin to experience elbow pain at the end of a spring season. Cincinnati.com, "Stay healthy: Overuse injuries in one sport athletes," 9 July 2018 Pogoy appeared to elbow Australia's Chris Coulding in the face then was decked by Daniel Kickert. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks' Thon Maker involved in brawl during game between Australia and Philippines in FIBA World Cup," 2 July 2018 With her move up in the pecking order of Gregg Popovich’s assistants, Hammon will now sit courtside, elbow-to-elbow with fellow assistants Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs promote Hammon to the front row," 27 June 2018 Catcher Raffy Lopez was optioned to Triple-A. Hedges had been on the DL since May 1 due to elbow tendinitis. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres send Lyles to DL, call up Stock, Makita for reinforcement," 24 June 2018 If the team can improve on its .495 faceoff percentage, Frostburg State might be able to elbow its way back to relevancy in the Capital Athletic Conference. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Review & preview: Frostburg State men’s lacrosse," 19 June 2018 Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah finally elbowed his way into the category after missing out each of the last two years. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 13 July 2018 And during the past week, Williams has elbowed his way into the lineup more often at the expense of Altherr, who has two homers but only five hits in his last 29 at-bats and is batting .202 with a .709 OPS in 114 at-bats overall. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "How Nick Williams began forcing his way into the Phillies lineup," 22 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for elbow

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 \

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 \

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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