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elves


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elf  \Elf\  ([e^]lf),  n.;  pl  {Elves}  ([e^]lvz).  [AS.  [ae]lf,  ylf; 
  akin  to  MHG.  alp,  G.  alp  nightmare,  incubus,  Icel.  [=a]lfr 
  elf,  Sw  alf,  elfva;  cf  Skr.  [.r]bhu  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.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  very  diminutive  person;  a  dwarf. 
 
  {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}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  owl  ({Micrathene  Whitneyi})  of 
  Southern  California  and  Arizona. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elves  \Elves\,  n.;  pl  of  {Elf}.  Elvish  \Elv"ish\,  a. 
  1.  Pertaining  to  elves;  implike;  mischievous;  weird;  also 
  vacant;  absent  in  demeanor.  See  {Elfish}. 
 
  He  seemeth  elvish  by  his  countenance.  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Mysterious;  also  foolish.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elves 
  n  :  an  acronym  for  Emissions  of  Light  and  Very  low  frequency 
  perturbations  due  to  Electromagnetic  pulse  Sources; 
  extremely  bright  extremely  short  (less  than  a  msec) 
  electrical  flashes  forming  a  huge  ring  (up  to  400  km 
  diameter)  in  the  ionosphere 




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