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 horse. 3. something bent like an elbow, as a sharp turn in a road or river, or a piece of pipe bent at an angle.
5. Also called ell, el. a plumbing pipe or pipe connection having a right-angled bend.
6. at one's elbow, within easy reach; nearby: A virtue of the cottage is that the ocean is at your elbow. 7. bend, lift, or crook an elbow,Informal.to drink alcoholic beverages.
8. give the elbow, shove aside, get rid of, or reject.
9. out at the elbows, a. poorly dressed; shabby.
b. impoverished. Also,out at elbows. 10. rub elbows with, to mingle socially with; associate with: a resort where royalty rubs elbows with the merely rich. 11. up to one's elbows, very busy; engrossed: I am up to my elbows in answering mail.Also,up to the elbows.
—v.t. 1. to push with or as if with the elbow; jostle.
2. to make (one's way) by so pushing.
—v.i. to elbow one's way: He elbowed through the crowd.