Definition of elm
1 : any of a genus (Ulmus of the family Ulmaceae, the elm family) of usually large deciduous north temperate-zone trees with alternate stipulate leaves and fruit that is a samara
2 : the wood of an elm
Recent Examples of elm from the Web
During that period, two men would separate in an ELM and descend to a lunar landing while the CMP turned sensors toward the lunar surface.
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Origin and Etymology of elm
Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German elme elm, Latin ulmus
First Known Use: before 12th century
ELM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of elm for English Language Learners
: a tall shade tree with spreading branches
: the wood of an elm
ELM Defined for Kids
Definition of elm for Students
: a tall shade tree with a broad rather flat top and spreading branches
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