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Elbow definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EL'BOW, n.
1. The outer angle made by the bend of the arm.
The wings that waft our riches out of sight
Grow on the gamester's elbows.
2. Any flexure or angle; the obtuse angle of a wall, building or road.
To be at the elbow, is to be very near; to be by the side; to be at hand.
EL'BOW, v.t. To push with the elbow.
1. To push or drive to a distance; to encroach on.
He'll elbow out his neighbors.
EL'BOW, v.i. To jut into an angle; to project; to bend.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: hinge joint between the forearm and upper arm and the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped [syn: elbow, elbow joint, human elbow, cubitus, cubital joint, articulatio cubiti]
2: a sharp bend in a road or river
3: a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it
4: the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint; "his coat had patches over the elbows"
5: the joint of a mammal or bird that corresponds to the human elbow v
1: push one's way with the elbows
2: shove one's elbow into another person's ribs

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English elbowe, from Old English elboga, from el- (akin to eln ell) + Old English boga bow more at ell, bow Date: before 12th century 1. a. the joint of the human arm b. a corresponding joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate 2. something (as macaroni or an angular pipe fitting) resembling an elbow II. verb Date: 1605 transitive verb 1. a. 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 (as one's way) by pushing with or as if with the elbow <elbowing our way through the crowd> <elbows her way into the best social circles> intransitive verb 1. to advance by pushing with the elbow 2. to make an angle ; turn

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a the joint between the forearm and the upper arm. b the part of the sleeve of a garment covering the elbow. 2 an elbow-shaped bend or corner; a short piece of piping bent through a right angle. --v.tr. (foll. by in, out, aside, etc.) 1 thrust or jostle (a person or oneself). 2 make (one's way) by thrusting or jostling. Phrases and idioms: at one's elbow close at hand. elbow-grease colloq. vigorous polishing; hard work. elbow-room plenty of room to move or work in. give a person the elbow colloq. send a person away; dismiss or reject a person. out at elbows 1 (of a coat) worn out. 2 (of a person) ragged, poor. Etymology: OE elboga, elnboga, f. Gmc (as ELL, BOW(1))

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Elbow El"bow, n. [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. The joint or bend of the arm; the outer curve in the middle of the arm when bent. Her arms to the elbows naked. --R. of Gloucester. 2. 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. (Arch.) 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. --Gwilt. Note: Elbow is used adjectively or as part of a compound, to denote something shaped like, or acting like, an elbow; as, elbow joint; elbow tongs or elbow-tongs; elbowroom, elbow-room, or elbow room. At the elbow, very near; at hand. Elbow grease, energetic application of force in manual labor. [Low] Elbow in the hawse (Naut.), the twisting together of two cables by which a vessel rides at anchor, caused by swinging completely round once. --Totten. Elbow scissors (Surg.), scissors bent in the blade or shank for convenience in cutting. --Knight. Out at elbow, with coat worn through at the elbows; shabby; in needy circumstances.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Elbow El"bow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elbowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Elbowing.] To push or hit with the elbow, as when one pushes by another. They [the Dutch] would elbow our own aldermen off the Royal Exchange. --Macaulay. To elbow one's way, to force one's way by pushing with the elbows; as, to elbow one's way through a crowd.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Elbow El"bow, v. i. 1. To jut into an angle; to project or to bend after the manner of an elbow. 2. To push rudely along; to elbow one's way. ``Purseproud, elbowing Insolence.'' --Grainger.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crossette Cros*sette" (kr?s-s?t`), n. [F., dim. of crosse. See Crosier.] (Arch.) (a) A return in one of the corners of the architrave of a door or window; -- called also ancon, ear, elbow. (b) The shoulder of a joggled keystone.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(elbows, elbowing, elbowed) 1. Your elbow is the part of your arm where the upper and lower halves of the arm are joined. He slipped and fell, badly bruising an elbow. N-COUNT 2. If you elbow people aside or elbow your way somewhere, you push people with your elbows in order to move somewhere. They also claim that the security team elbowed aside a steward... Mr Smith elbowed me in the face... Brand elbowed his way to the centre of the group of bystanders. = jostle VERB: V n with aside, V n prep, V way prep/adv 3. If someone or something elbows their way somewhere, or elbows other people or things out of the way, they achieve success by being aggressive and determined. Non-state firms gradually elbow aside the inefficient state-owned ones... Environmental concerns will elbow their way right to the top of the agenda. VERB: V n with aside/out, V way prep 4. to rub elbows with: see rub

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Angle, bend, turn, flexure. II. v. a. Push, crowd, jostle, hustle, shoulder. III. v. n. Jostle, hustle, shoulder, crowd, push, push one's way.

Moby Thesaurus

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