elbow

Your elbow is the bendy part of your arm between your wrist and your shoulder. Sometimes people use their pointy elbows to elbow people out of the way.

Your elbows are major joints in your arms, making it possible for you to do many things — including get scolded for having your elbows rudely on the table while you eat. Clothing can be said to have elbows as well: "I like your professor jacket with the patches on the elbows." Other inanimate objects with elbows include rivers and pipes: a sharp bend in either of these is also called an elbow.

Primary Meanings of elbow

1.
nv
hinge joint between the forearm and upper arm and the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped
push one's way with the elbows
2.
n
a sharp bend in a road or river
3.
n
a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it
Full Definitions of elbow
1

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

Synonyms:
articulatio cubiti, cubital joint, cubitus, elbow joint, human elbow
Type of:
ginglymoid joint, ginglymus, hinge joint
a freely moving joint in which the bones are so articulated as to allow extensive movement in one plane

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

Type of:
articulatio, articulation, joint
(anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)

n the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint

“his coat had patches over the elbows
Type of:
cloth covering
a covering made of cloth

v push one's way with the elbows

Type of:
jostle, shove
come into rough contact with while moving

v shove one's elbow into another person's ribs

Type of:
nudge, poke at, prod
to push against gently
2

n a sharp bend in a road or river

Type of:
bend, curve
curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
3

n a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it

Type of:
pipage, pipe, piping
a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.

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