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

By June, the couple was brushing elbows with the royal family at Buckingham Palace — and struggling to find the proper utensils for the fancy meal, according to Us Weekly. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "A Timeline Of Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk’s Low-Key Relationship," 8 June 2019 McHugh, who is on the injured list with right elbow discomfort, is realistic about how another stalemate could affect the next class of free agents. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Collin McHugh glad Dallas Keuchel finally signed with Braves," 7 June 2019 Toronto Raptors backup point guard Fred VanVleet exited Friday’s Game 4 after taking an inadvertent shot to the face from Shaun Livingston’s left elbow. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Raptors guard Fred VanVleet exits Game 4 after inadvertent blow knocks out tooth," 7 June 2019 Ross is on the 10-day IL with right elbow ulnar neuritis. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Tigers believe they can keep Miguel Cabrera healthy at DH," 6 June 2019 He’s been sidelined with left elbow tendinitis since May 3. Ken Powtak, The Seattle Times, "Chavis homers, Red Sox snap Astros’ 10-game win streak," 20 May 2019 Payton suffered fractures in her arms, elbow and shoulder and is set to undergo facial reconstructive surgery. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Michigan girl's organs help save 6 others after fatal ATV accident," 21 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Harry's over here looking mature as ever with a need to slightly touch Meghan with his elbow, despite carrying their baby in his arms. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "A Body Language Expert Analyzes Meghan and Harry's Royal Baby Photo-Call," 8 May 2019 Success after surgery varies Tommy John was 31 when Jobe fixed his elbow in 1974. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Teen Tommy John surgeries, youth sports injuries reach epidemic proportions," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The convergence of film and TV isn’t just a boon to filmmakers who’ve been elbowed out of the multiplex by the blockbuster-industrial complex. Judy Berman, Time, "With Meryl Streep on Big Little Lies, It's Time to Admit That Film and TV Are Converging," 6 June 2019 Behind the vote-by-phone push is a political operative who grew rich helping Uber elbow its way onto city streets and Bird populate the sidewalks with electric scooters, and who sees mobile voting as a potential cure for an ailing democracy. Evan Halper, courant.com, "Vote-by-phone tech trend alarms security experts," 5 June 2019 Helicopters, amateur sleuths, a woman dressed as a snake and a celebrity private detective soon elbowed into the quest. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Nothing Unites a Divided Country Like an Escaped 18-Foot Snake in the Suburbs," 28 Aug. 2018 The charges allege that Altheimer repeatedly elbowed another 11-year-old girl who tried to rescue her teammate. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Kent woman charged with assaulting girl, 11, at basketball game," 24 July 2018 Place your hands behind your head, elbows bent and pointing out to the sides. SELF, "A 15-Minute No-Equipment Core Workout You Can Do at Home," 18 Jan. 2019 England had a penalty shout go against them within the first minute as Gabriel Gomez elbowed Jesse Lingard in the face. SI.com, "England 6-1 Panama: Three Lions Roar With Biggest Ever World Cup Win to Book Last 16 Spot," 24 June 2018 Some suggest Lesnar went off script by elbowing Reigns and turning his head into a bloody mess. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "WrestleMania 34's biggest fight apparently happened after the show," 9 Apr. 2018 Infielder Allen Cordoba, outfielder Alex Dickerson (elbow) and pitcher Colin Rea (lat) will all be placed on the 60-day disabled list. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres appear ready to go with three catchers," 25 Mar. 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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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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