Elf arrow, a flint arrowhead; — so called by the English rural folk who often find these objects of prehistoric make in the fields and formerly attributed them to fairies; — called also elf bolt, elf dart, and elf shot.Elf child, a child supposed to be left by elves, in room of one they had stolen. See Changeling. Elf fire, the ignis fatuus. Brewer.Elf owl(Zoöl.), a small owl (Micrathene Whitneyi) of Southern California and Arizona.

(Elf), v. t. To entangle mischievously, as an elf might do.

Elf all my hair in knots.

(Elf"in) a. Relating to elves.

(Elf"in), n. A little elf or urchin. Shenstone.

(Elf"ish), a. Of or relating to the elves; elflike; implike; weird; scarcely human; mischievous, as though caused by elves. "Elfish light." Coleridge.

The elfish intelligence that was so familiar an expression on her small physiognomy.

(Elf"ish*ly), adv. In an elfish manner.

(Elf"ish*ness), n. The quality of being elfish.

(E*lev"en), n.

1. The sum of ten and one; eleven units or objects.

2. A symbol representing eleven units, as 11 or xi.

3. (Cricket & American Football) The eleven men selected to play on one side in a match, as the representatives of a club or a locality; as, the all-England eleven.

(E*lev"enth) a. [Cf. AS. endlyfta. See Eleven.]

1. Next after the tenth; as, the eleventh chapter.

2. Constituting one of eleven parts into which a thing is divided; as, the eleventh part of a thing.

3. (Mus.) Of or pertaining to the interval of the octave and the fourth.

(E*lev"enth), n.

1. The quotient of a unit divided by eleven; one of eleven equal parts.

2. (Mus.) The interval consisting of ten conjunct degrees; the interval made up of an octave and a fourth.

(Elf) n.; pl. Elves [AS. ælf, ylf; akin to MHG. alp, G. alp nightmare, incubus, Icel. alfr elf, Sw. alf, elfva; cf. Skr. &rsdotbhu skillful, artful, rabh to grasp. Cf. Auf, Oaf.]

1. An imaginary supernatural being, commonly a little sprite, much like a fairy; a mythological diminutive spirit, supposed to haunt hills and wild places, and generally represented as delighting in mischievous tricks.

Every elf, and fairy sprite,
Hop as light as bird from brier.

2. A very diminutive person; a dwarf.

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