Meaning of elbow

el•bow

Pronunciation: (el'bō), [key]
— n.
  1. the bend or joint of the human arm between upper arm and forearm.
  2. the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped. See diag. under
  3. something bent like an elbow, as a sharp turn in a road or river, or a piece of pipe bent at an angle.
  4. crossette.
  5. Also calleda plumbing pipe or pipe connection having a right-angled bend.
  6. within easy reach; nearby: A virtue of the cottage is that the ocean is at your elbow.
  7. to drink alcoholic beverages.
  8. shove aside, get rid of, or reject.
    1. poorly dressed; shabby.
    2. impoverished. Also,out at elbows.
  9. to mingle socially with; associate with: a resort where royalty rubs elbows with the merely rich.
  10. very busy; engrossed: I am up to my elbows in answering mail.
—v.t.
  1. to push with or as if with the elbow; jostle.
  2. to make (one's way) by so pushing.
—v.i.
  1. to elbow one's way: He elbowed through the crowd.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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