A Dictionary of the English Language
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Elbow (noun)

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E'lbow. n.s. [lboᵹa, Saxon.]

  1. The next joint or curvature of the arm below the shoulder.

    In some fair evening, on your elbow laid,
    You dream of triumphs in the rural shade.

  2. Any flexure, or angle.

    Fruit-trees, or vines, set upon a wall between elbows or buttresses of stone, ripen more than upon a plain wall. Bacon.

  3. To be at the Elbow. To be near; to be at hand.

    Here stand behind this bulk. Straight will he come:
    Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home:
    Quick, quick; fear nothing, I'll be at thy elbow.
    Shak. Othel.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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