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Definition of Elbow


  1. The joint or bend of the arm; the outer curve in the middle of the arm when bent.
  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. 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.
  4. To push or hit with the elbow, as when one pushes by another.
  5. To jut into an angle; to project or to bend after the manner of an elbow.
  6. To push rudely along; to elbow one's way.

Elbow Quotations

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.
Thomas Carlyle

I've had extraordinary good luck with my health, other than a broken elbow.
Hillary Clinton

It's going to be the year of the sharp elbow and the quick tongue.
George W. Bush

When I meet people who say - which they do all of the time - 'I must just tell you, my great aunt had cancer of the elbow and the doctors gave her 10 seconds to live, but last I heard she was climbing Mount Everest,' and so forth, I switch off quite early.
Christopher Hitchens
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Elbow Translations

elbow in Danish is albue
elbow in Dutch is elleboog
elbow in French is coude
elbow in German is Ellenbogen
elbow in Italian is gomito
elbow in Norwegian is albue
elbow in Portuguese is cotovelo
elbow in Spanish is codo

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