elbow

Definitions

  • Elbow Joint
    Elbow Joint
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v elbow shove one's elbow into another person's ribs
    • v elbow push one's way with the elbows
    • n elbow the joint of a mammal or bird that corresponds to the human elbow
    • n elbow the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint "his coat had patches over the elbows"
    • n elbow a sharp bend in a road or river
    • n elbow a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it
    • n elbow hinge joint between the forearm and upper arm and the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are places in Saskatchewan called Elbow, Eyebrow, and Drinkwater
    • Elbow (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.
    • Elbow 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.
    • Elbow The joint or bend of the arm; the outer curve in the middle of the arm when bent. "Her arms to the elbows naked."
    • Elbow To jut into an angle; to project or to bend after the manner of an elbow.
    • v. t Elbow 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."
    • Elbow To push rudely along; to elbow one's way. "Purseproud, elbowing Insolence."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is impossible to lick your elbow.
    • n elbow The bend of the arm; the angle made by bending the arm at the junction of the upper arm with the forearm.
    • n elbow In anatomy, the elbow-joint and associate structures. See elbow-joint.
    • n elbow 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 elbow In carpentry, etc., one of the upright sides which flank any paneled work. See crosset.
    • n elbow The raised arm of a chair or end of a sofa, designed to support the arm or elbow.
    • n elbow A shoulder-point in cattle. Grose. —At one's elbow, near at hand; convenient; within call.
    • elbow 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.
    • elbow To make or gain by pushing with the elbows: as, to elbow one's way through a crowd.
    • elbow To jut into an angle; project; bend or curve abruptly, as a wall or a stream.
    • elbow To jostle with or as if with the elbow; push one's way; hence, figuratively, to be rudely self-assertive or aggressive.
    • n elbow In carriages, the rail that, forms the upper part of the frame of the quarter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
    • n Elbow el′bō the joint where the arm bows or bends: any sharp turn or bend
    • v.t Elbow to push with the elbow: to jostle
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Quotations

  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    Marcus%20Aurelius
    “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.”
  • Jean Anouilh
    Jean%20Anouilh
    “To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It's easy to say no, even if it means dying.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Sorrow for a husband is like a pain in the elbow, sharp and short.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When thoughts fails of words, they find imagination waiting at their elbow to teach a new language without words.”

Idioms

Elbow grease - If something requires elbow grease, it involves a lot of hard physical work.
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Elbow room - If you haven't got enough elbow room, you haven't got enough space.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

For a long time the girl rested on her elbow, listening; but no further sounds came from the room into which Deveny had gone.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
She wore a black lace dress slightly open at the neck, and with elbow sleeves.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Gilmour, still stooping, dug his elbow up beneath its ribs.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
When he found his rifle gone and a squatty Indian at his elbow, he was panic-stricken.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Pieces between the elbow and the top of the shoulder in ancient armour.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Rupert drew his chair opposite to hers and leant his elbow on the table, and fixed his bright, hard eyes upon her.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
His face rested on his hand, and his elbow on his knee.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Most of them were threadbare at elbow and would have looked the better of a good dinner.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
He jabbed her back into the seat with his elbow.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Can't you see I'm in th' flour up t' my elbows.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
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In poetry:

Methinks I see that reverend form,
Which all of us so well know
He rises up to speak; he jogs
The presidential elbow.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Did child feet patter on the stair?
Did boyhood frolic in the snow?
Did gray age, in her elbow chair,
Knit, rocking to and fro?
"The Homestead" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And you gasp and reel and shudder
In a rushing, swaying rapture,
While the voices at your elbow
Fade—receding—fainter—farther.
"Operation" by William Ernest Henley
O, weel could Willie Stewart play,
An' jig his elbow gleg an' fell—
The best bow han' in a' Scotlan',
He aften tauld me sae himsel'.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
If in a falshood I should trudge,
My elbow give a gentle nudge;
If that won't answer, give a frown,
And knock pen, ink, and paper down."
"The Wager" by William Hutton
A strapping young stockman lay dying,
His saddle supporting his head;
His two mates around him were crying,
As he rose on his elbow and said:
"The Dying Stockman" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

The eight-year veteran had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Aug 5.
Author, Amazon.com Elbow Aside Middleman .
It's interesting that John Waters singles out Grace Kelly's elbows as objects of great beauty.
In "The Mikado ," the character Katisha extols the beauty of her own elbows.
Since making their move to Los Angeles over five years ago, David and Victoria Beckham and their kids (sons Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, 9, Cruz, 7, and daughter Harper, 8 months) have gotten to rub elbows with Hollywood royalty.
And then, there was Dave Tollefson, sitting in the farthest corner of the room, elbows on knees and speaking in a tone that suggested he had not just participated in a moral victory .
ZURICH — FIFA has banned Scotland forward Steven Naismith for two World Cup qualifying matches after television pictures showed he used his elbow to strike a Serbian opponent.
Lenny Ignelzi/APAn elbow salute to Andre Ethier's first homer of the year.
Coleman Shannon was born with a condition called Amelia — his right arm ends at elbow.
Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson Atlantic/Little, Brown, 241 pp.
Lacking elbow room, we find more that is irritating about those with whom we share streets and neighborhoods.
Floyd threw his third sideline session on Sunday since being placed on the disabled list with a sore elbow on Aug 28.
Pigmented villonodular synovitis of the elbow.
A 73-year-old woman presented to the authors' institution with increasing elbow pain and swelling.
With John Cena still recovering from elbow surgery, it's the perfect opportunity for the company to see how Ryback responds to a main-event setting.
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In science:

But let’s move on — these bugs long for some higherdimensional elbow room.
Goldbug Variations
The slope of B2 is not continuous; there is an elbow at a = ac .
SPHERICALLY SYMMETRIC RANDOM WALKS II. DIMENSIONALLY DEPENDENT CRITICAL BEHAVIOR
These lacunae provide elbow-room for theorists to speculate about more neutrino species and/or novel neutrino dynamics.
Summary of Neutrino 2000
Figure 5.35 shows three examples of what is usually called an “elbow plot” because it often looks like an elbow.
Theory of Adsorption on Metal Substrates
We display “elbow plots” where Z is the height of the H2 center of mass over the surface, and dH−H is the distance between the two hydrogen atoms.
Theory of Adsorption on Metal Substrates
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