• (British) IPA: /ˈɛl.bəʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɛɫ.boʊ/, /ˈɛl.boʊ/

elbow (plural elbows)

  1. (anatomy) The joint between the upper arm and the forearm.
  2. (by extension) Any turn or bend like that of the elbow, in a wall, building, coastline, etc.; an angular or jointed part of any structure, such as the raised arm of a chair or sofa, or a short pipe fitting, turning at an angle or bent.
    the sides of windows, where the jamb makes an elbow with the window back
  3. (US, dated, early 20th-century slang) A detective.
  4. (basketball) Part of a basketball court located at the intersection of the free-throw line and the free-throw lane.
  5. A hit#Noun|hit with the elbow.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: coup de coude
  • German: Ellbogenstoß
  • Italian: gomitata
  • Portuguese: cotovelada, cotovelão
  • Spanish: codazo

elbow (elbows, present participle elbowing; past and past participle elbowed)

  1. (transitive) To push with the elbow.
    He elbowed his way through the crowd.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To nudge, jostle or push.

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