from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The joint or bend of the arm between the forearm and the upper arm.
- n. The bony outer projection of this joint.
- n. A joint, as of a bird or quadruped, corresponding to the human elbow.
- n. Something having a bend or angle similar to an elbow, especially:
- n. A length of pipe with a sharp bend in it.
- n. A sharp bend in a river or road.
- transitive v. To push, jostle, or shove with the elbow: elbowed me in the ribs to get me to stop laughing.
- transitive v. To open up (a means of passage, for example) by or as if by use of the elbow: elbowed her way through the crowd.
- intransitive v. To make one's way by pushing with the elbow.
- intransitive v. To turn at an angle; bend: The lane elbows to the left.
- idiom at (one's) elbow Close at hand; nearby.
- idiom out at the elbows Poorly dressed.
- idiom out at the elbows Lacking money.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The joint between the upper arm and the forearm.
- n. A pipe fitting that turns a corner.
- n. A detective.
- v. To push with the elbow; to jostle or force.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The joint or bend of the arm; the outer curve in the middle of the arm when bent.
- n. Any turn or bend like that of the elbow, in a wall, building, and the like; a sudden turn in a line of coast or course of a river; also, an angular or jointed part of any structure, as the raised arm of a chair or sofa, or a short pipe fitting, turning at an angle or bent.
- n. A sharp angle in any surface of wainscoting or other woodwork; the upright sides which flank any paneled work, as the sides of windows, where the jamb makes an elbow with the window back.
- transitive v. To push or hit with the elbow, as when one pushes by another.
- intransitive v. To jut into an angle; to project or to bend after the manner of an elbow.
- intransitive v. To push rudely along; to elbow one's way.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bend of the arm; the angle made by bending the arm at the junction of the upper arm with the forearm.
- n. In anatomy, the elbow-joint and associate structures. See elbow-joint.
- n. Something curved or bent like the human elbow; specifically, a flexure or angle of a wall or road, especially if not acute; a sudden turn or bend in a river or the sea-coast; a jointed or curved piece of pipe for water, smoke, gas, etc., designed to connect two lines running at an angle to each other.
- n. In carpentry, etc., one of the upright sides which flank any paneled work. See crosset.
- n. The raised arm of a chair or end of a sofa, designed to support the arm or elbow.
- n. A shoulder-point in cattle. Grose. —At one's elbow, near at hand; convenient; within call.
- To push or shove with or as if with the elbow; hence, figuratively, to push or thrust by overbearing means; crowd: as, to elbow people aside in a crowd; to elbow a rival out of the way.
- To make or gain by pushing with the elbows: as, to elbow one's way through a crowd.
- To jut into an angle; project; bend or curve abruptly, as a wall or a stream.
- To jostle with or as if with the elbow; push one's way; hence, figuratively, to be rudely self-assertive or aggressive.
- n. In carriages, the rail that, forms the upper part of the frame of the quarter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sharp bend in a road or river
- v. shove one's elbow into another person's ribs
- v. push one's way with the elbows
- n. hinge joint between the forearm and upper arm and the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped
- n. a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it
- n. the joint of a mammal or bird that corresponds to the human elbow
- n. the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint
Middle English elbowe, from Old English elnboga.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English elnboga, from Germanic, corresponding to ell + bow. Cognate with Dutch elleboog, German Ellbogen. (Wiktionary)