Elative to Electrical
(E*la"tive) a. (Gram.) Raised; lifted up; a term applied to what is also called the absolute
superlative, denoting a high or intense degree of a quality, but not excluding the idea that an equal degree
may exist in other cases.
(El`a*trom"e*ter) n. [Gr. a driver + -meter.] (Physics) An instrument for measuring the
degree of rarefaction of air contained in the receiver of an air pump. [Spelt also elaterometer.]
(E*la"yl) n. [Gr. olive oil, oil + yl.] (Chem.) Olefiant gas or ethylene; so called by Berzelius
from its forming an oil combining with chlorine. [Written also elayle.] See Ethylene.
(El"bow) n. [AS. elboga, elnboga (akin to D. elleboga, OHG. elinbogo, G. ellbogen, ellenbogen,
Icel. lnbogi; prop.; arm-bend); eln ell (orig., forearm) + boga a bending. See 1st Ell, and 4th Bow.]
1. The joint or bend of the arm; the outer curve in the middle of the arm when bent.
Her arms to the elbows naked.R. of Gloucester.
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. (Arch.) 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.
Elbow is used adjectively or as part of a compound, to denote something shaped like, or acting like,
an elbow; as, elbow joint; elbow tongs or elbow-tongs; elbowroom, elbow-room, or elbow room.
At the elbow, very near; at hand. Elbow grease, energetic application of force in manual labor.
[Low] Elbow in the hawse (Naut.), the twisting together of two cables by which a vessel rides at
anchor, caused by swinging completely round once. Totten. Elbow scissors (Surg.), scissors
bent in the blade or shank for convenience in cutting. Knight. Out at elbow, with coat worn through
at the elbows; shabby; in needy circumstances.
(El"bow), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Elbowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Elbowing.] To push or hit with the
elbow, as when one pushes by another.
They [the Dutch] would elbow our own aldermen off the Royal Exchange.Macaulay. To elbow one's way, to force one's way by pushing with the elbows; as, to elbow one's way through a
(El"bow) v. i.
1. To jut into an angle; to project or to bend after the manner of an elbow.
2. To push rudely along; to elbow one's way. "Purseproud, elbowing Insolence." Grainger.
(El"bow*board`) n. The base of a window casing, on which the elbows may rest.
(El"bow*chair`) n. A chair with arms to support the elbows; an armchair. Addison.
(El"bow*room`) n. Room to extend the elbows on each side; ample room for motion or action; free
scope. "My soul hath elbowroom." Shak.
Then came a stretch of grass and a little more elbowroom.W. G. Norris.