What does elbow mean?

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ˈɛl boʊel·bow

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elbow, elbow joint, human elbow, cubitus, cubital joint, articulatio cubiti(noun)

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

  2. elbow(noun)

    a sharp bend in a road or river

  3. elbow(noun)

    a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it

  4. elbow(noun)

    the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint

    "his coat had patches over the elbows"

  5. elbow(verb)

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

  6. elbow(verb)

    push one's way with the elbows

  7. elbow(verb)

    shove one's elbow into another person's ribs

Wiktionary

  1. elbow(Noun)

    The joint between the upper arm and the forearm.

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

  2. elbow(Noun)

    A pipe fitting that turns a corner.

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

  3. elbow(Noun)

    A detective.

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

  4. elbow(Verb)

    To push with the elbow; to jostle or force.

    He elbowed his way through the crowd.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elbow(noun)

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

    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.]

  2. Elbow(noun)

    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

    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.]

  3. Elbow(noun)

    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

    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.]

  4. Elbow(verb)

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

    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.]

  5. Elbow(verb)

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

    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.]

  6. Elbow(verb)

    to push rudely along; to elbow one's way

    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.]

Freebase

  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

Anagrams for elbow »

  1. below, bowel

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Numerology

  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. Missy Runyan:

    It's likely he struck a tree or something with his elbow leaving him grounded.

  2. Author Unknown:

    When thoughts fails of words, they find imagination waiting at their elbow to teach a new language without words.

  3. Novak Djokovic:

    I managed to finish the match, had a little bit of tightness in my elbow but hopefully everything will be fine for tomorrow.

  4. Josh Sweeney:

    The whole time I was doing that, not even really realizing how much I was using all those muscles I haven’t been able to use, I would get done with practice and be sore, for the first year, my elbow, shoulder and hand would just ache.

  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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