What does elbow mean?

Definitions for elbow
ˈɛl boʊel·bow

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elbow, elbow joint, human elbow, cubitus, cubital joint, articulatio cubitinoun

    hinge joint between the forearm and upper arm and the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped

  2. elbownoun

    a sharp bend in a road or river

  3. elbownoun

    a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it

  4. elbownoun

    the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint

    "his coat had patches over the elbows"

  5. elbowverb

    the joint of a mammal or bird that corresponds to the human elbow

  6. elbowverb

    push one's way with the elbows

  7. elbowverb

    shove one's elbow into another person's ribs


  1. elbownoun

    The joint between the upper arm and the forearm.

  2. elbownoun

    A pipe fitting that turns a corner.

  3. elbownoun

    A detective.

  4. elbowverb

    To push with the elbow; to jostle or force.

    He elbowed his way through the crowd.

  5. Etymology: elnboga, from Germanic, corresponding to ell + bow. Cognate with Dutch elleboog, German Ellbogen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ELBOWnoun

    Etymology: elboga, Saxon.

    In some fair evening, on your elbow laid,
    You dream of triumphs in the rural shade. Alexander Pope.

    Fruit-trees, or vines, set upon a wall between elbows or buttresses of stone, ripen more than upon a plain wall. Francis Bacon.

    Here stand behind this bulk. Straight will he come:
    Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home:
    Quick, quick; fear nothing, I’ll be at thy elbow. William Shakespeare, Othel.

  2. To Elbowverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    One elbows him, one justles in the shole. John Dryden, Juven.

    It thrusts and stretches out,
    And elbows all the kingdoms round about. Dryden.

    If fortune takes not off this boy betimes,
    He’ll make mad work, and elbow all his neighbours. Dryden.

  3. To Elbowverb

    To jut out in angles. Dict.


  1. Elbow

    The elbow is the region between the arm and the forearm that surrounds the elbow joint. The elbow includes prominent landmarks such as the olecranon, the cubital fossa (also called the chelidon, or the elbow pit), and the lateral and the medial epicondyles of the humerus. The elbow joint is a hinge joint between the arm and the forearm; more specifically between the humerus in the upper arm and the radius and ulna in the forearm which allows the forearm and hand to be moved towards and away from the body. The term elbow is specifically used for humans and other primates, and in other vertebrates forelimb plus joint is used.The name for the elbow in Latin is cubitus, and so the word cubital is used in some elbow-related terms, as in cubital nodes for example.


  1. elbow

    An elbow is a joint located in the middle of the arm, which connects the forearm to the upper arm, allowing it to bend and straighten. In a broader context, 'elbow' can also refer to any angular or bent part of a structure or piece, such as a pipe or a macaroni.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elbownoun

    the joint or bend of the arm; the outer curve in the middle of the arm when bent

  2. Elbownoun

    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

  3. Elbownoun

    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

  4. Elbowverb

    to push or hit with the elbow, as when one pushes by another

  5. Elbowverb

    to jut into an angle; to project or to bend after the manner of an elbow

  6. Elbowverb

    to push rudely along; to elbow one's way

  7. Etymology: [AS. elboga, elnboga (akin to D. elleboga, OHG. elinbogo, G. ellbogen, ellenbogen, Icel. lnbogi; prop.; arm-bend); eln ell (orig., forearm) + boga a bending. See 1st Ell, and 4th Bow.]


  1. Elbow

    Elbow are an English alternative rock band comprising Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter, and Pete Turner. They have played together since 1990 and have released five studio albums: Asleep in the Back, Cast of Thousands, Leaders of the Free World, The Seldom Seen Kid, and Build a Rocket Boys!. In the UK, all of their albums have made the top twenty, and seven of their singles have been in the top forty. In 2008, Elbow won the Mercury Music Prize for their album The Seldom Seen Kid, and in 2009 they won the Brit Award for Best British Group. In 2012 they released "First Steps", the BBC theme for the London Olympics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elbow

    el′bō, n. the joint where the arm bows or bends: any sharp turn or bend.—v.t. to push with the elbow: to jostle.—ns. El′bow-chair, an arm-chair; El′bow-grease, humorously applied to vigorous rubbing; El′bow-room, room to extend the elbows: space enough for moving or acting: freedom.—At one's elbow, close at hand; Be out at elbow, to wear a coat ragged at the elbows; Up to the elbows, completely engrossed. [A.S. elnbogael-, allied to L. ulna, the arm, boga, a bend—bugan, to bend. See Ell; Bow, n. and v.t.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. elbow

    That part of a river where it suddenly changes its direction, forming a reach to the next angle or turn. Also, a promontory. Also, a communication in a steam-pipe.

Rap Dictionary

  1. elbow

    A pound (lb.) of marijuana

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'elbow' in Nouns Frequency: #2170

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  1. below

  2. bowel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elbow in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elbow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of elbow in a Sentence

  1. David Hicks:

    I'm in need of operation on my left knee, my right elbow, my back. My teeth keep getting pulled because I couldn't brush them for five and a half years, it's becoming a very expensive exercise to fix myself from the years of torture.

  2. Sunday Djokovic:

    I didn't allow Jeremy Chardy to find Jeremy Chardy forehand too much ; one break per set was enough to win the match, could have done some things better but a win is a win, it the( elbow trouble) comes and goes, now is not very pleasant.

  3. Brayden Schenn:

    Greasy elbow by Josty, i understand he’s going into the battle but you’ve got to know how to control your elbow and not get it up in a D-man’s face.

  4. Mona Darby:

    My life is in jeopardy because were working elbow to elbow.

  5. Marcus Aurelius:

    Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. articulate
    • B. arbitrary
    • C. butch
    • D. eloquent

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