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

Despite the referee missing the incident in United's meeting with New York Red Bulls in midweek, VAR spotted a swinging elbow from Rooney and the 33-year-old was subsequently given his marching orders. SI.com, "MLS Week 29 Roundup: Zlatan Gets a Derby Double as DC United Struggle Without Rooney," 26 Aug. 2019 The autopsy determined that Bailey was shot four times — three times in the back and once in his right elbow. CBS News, "Body camera video shows Colorado police fatally shooting black teen," 16 Aug. 2019 Spencer gave the former champ all the could handle, opening a cut with an elbow that bled throughout the fight. Steven Marrocco, MMA Junkie, "UFC 240 results: Cris Cyborg cut, but outworks gritty Felicia Spencer," 28 July 2019 And yet, with the exception of the occasional sharp elbow, there's been little discussion of it so far in this campaign. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Who Won the Democratic Debate?: raceAhead," 1 Aug. 2019 Authorities said the man, who was hit in the elbow, was in good condition and recovering at a hospital. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Former GOP candidate shot a process server, then threatened ‘large amounts of deaths,’ police say," 1 Aug. 2019 Stone is a congenital bilateral above-the-elbow amputee. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Women’s Super Girl Surf Pro returns to Oceanside with first adaptive contest," 27 July 2019 The problem is, while three other players were incorporated into that Porzingis deal to clear the decks, Arsenal still remain up to their elbows in dreadful, near-immovable contracts. SI.com, "Washed: How Arsenal & the New York Knicks Became the Laughing Stocks of Their Player Markets," 16 July 2019 With a big smile on her face, the nun began things by throwing the ball back to her elbow, and bouncing it back into her hand. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Who Is the Nun at the 2019 ESPY Awards? Meet Viral Baseball Fan Sister Mary Jo Sobieck," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other pictures showed customers grabbing packets of roast chicken and elbowing out other shoppers at the store. Fortune, "Watch Costco Chaos at Its China Debut," 27 Aug. 2019 Dickerson missed the past two seasons with a variety of injuries, including back surgery and elbow surgery. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson embraces first home game in SF," 24 June 2019 Up close, retirement-eligible shoppers elbow one another while pawing through the heap of vegetables, searching for some magical mystery cucumber. Jamie Feldmar, Los Angeles Times, "Super King is L.A.’s most beloved international supermarket — and the customers are fiercely loyal," 14 Aug. 2019 According to the statement of charges, Seal allegedly elbowed a woman in her face about four times. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man charged with assault after allegedly hitting woman in face," 24 July 2019 Buy Photo After a cruelly endless spell of winter that elbowed its way through March and most of April, the atmosphere this week evidently decided to skip over May and try a new season. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Suddenly it's summer; Philly sets record with high of 91. But spring is coming, honest," 3 May 2018 Injured right-handers Luke Weaver (elbow) and Taijuan Walker (shoulder) each continued their throwing programs on Saturday at Chase Field and are progressing well, per Lovullo. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Former Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin a stranger at Chase Field with visiting Nationals," 31 July 2019 Now, Surescripts—which, critically, is backed by massive legacy firms such as CVS and the benefits giant Express Scripts, which aren't exactly fans of Amazon elbowing in to their territory—has cut off both ReMy Health and, by extension, PillPack. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Surescripts Throws Down the Gauntlet in Amazon PillPack Spat: Brainstorm Health," 29 July 2019 Fortunately for the point guards, no opponent’s elbow left a mark. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Meet the Vanderquigs: How the Chicago Sky Stars Make Their Unique Relationship Work," 25 July 2019

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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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