Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal.
  • transitive verb To come close to; near.
  • noun A gentle push.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To touch gently, as with the elbow; give a hint or signal to by a covert touch with the hand, elbow, or foot.
  • noun A slight push, as with the elbow; a covert jog intended to call attention, give warning, or the like.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To touch gently, as with the elbow, in order to call attention or convey intimation.
  • noun A gentle push, or jog, as with the elbow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A gentle push.
  • noun Internet A feature of instant messaging software used to get the attention of another user, as by shaking the conversation window or playing a sound.
  • noun The rotation by one step of a reel of the player's choice.
  • verb transitive To push against gently, especially in order to gain attention or give a signal
  • verb transitive To near or come close to something

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb push into action by pestering or annoying gently
  • verb to push against gently
  • noun a slight push or shake

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably of Scandinavian origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Circa 17th century, Scandinavian.

Examples

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  • Gandalf did this to get Bilbo to go on his adventure.

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