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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He swiftly decided that it would be better for the Elves to have these people as allies rather than enemies.
▪ In the terrible battle that followed many Dark Elves were driven howling with hatred and fear off the cliff tops.
▪ In this age the Elves spread and multiplied.
▪ Inch by bloody inch the High Elves fought their way on to the beach.
▪ Other armies, such as High Elves, are magnificent at defence in depth.
▪ The Dark Elves had the greater number and their allies were fell.
▪ While the Dark Elves fought on the beaches another force of High Elves had landed miles away.
▪ You can also make up a lot about the elves.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  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.

    Elf owl (Zo["o]l.), a small owl ( Micrathene Whitneyi) of Southern California and Arizona.


Elves \Elves\, n.; pl. of Elf. [1913 Webster] Elvish \Elv"ish\, a.

  1. Pertaining to elves; implike; mischievous; weird; also, vacant; absent in demeanor. See Elfish.

    He seemeth elvish by his countenance.

  2. Mysterious; also, foolish. [Obs.]


n. 1 (plural of elf English) 2 (plural of elve English)


See elf

  1. n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous [syn: hob, gremlin, pixie, pixy, brownie, imp]

  2. below 3 kilohertz [syn: extremely low frequency]

  3. [also: elves (pl)]


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

Elves (Elfquest)

The comic book series Elfquest, created by Wendy and Richard Pini, features a race of elves on the World of Two Moons, searching for their origins and place in the world.

Elves (Discworld)

In Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, elves are of a race that lived before the Iron-Age, and were banished by steel weapons.

Elves on the Discworld are based on the nastier kind of fairy-folk in European (and other) folklores than elves as portrayed in most modern (post- Tolkien) fantasy fiction. They are native to the Disc, but now live in a parallel world, sometimes called Fairyland. During certain times of the year, such as Mid-Summer, the walls between Fairyland and ordinary reality become thin, allowing the elves (and other fae creatures such as unicorns, Jenny Greenteeth and, before they were cast out, the Nac Mac Feegle) to break through.

Elven invasions of the Discworld are recorded in Lords and Ladies and The Wee Free Men. The Science of Discworld II: The Globe involves an attempted invasion of Roundworld (a version of our world). In Moving Pictures it is mentioned that a few elves have moved to Holy Wood.

Elves (film)

Elves is a 1989 American horror film directed by Jeffrey Mandel and starring Dan Haggerty, Deanna Lund and Ken Carpenter.

Elves (Marvel Comics)

There are many Elves that have appeared in Marvel Comics. The most common of the Elves are the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim and the Light Elves of Alfheim that are based on the elves of Norse mythology. They frequently appear in stories featuring the superhero Thor.

The Dark Elves appear in the 2013 Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World.

Usage examples of "elves".

The Kuakgan and the elves told me that the gods used to call paladins directly.

He thought they had used something like the true elves use to speed and slow the growth of plants.

You may know that elves do not live, for the most part, in buildings of stone.

Many of them had met elves in the mountains west of the south marches.

The Kuakkganni are alien to elves, though they know us as well as any, and we are alien to them.

elves—the true elves, not we mixbreeds—are not wholly in the world humans know.

I think that is a lie: dwarves and elves seldom agree, but dwarves are not evil.

But elves, when they are killed, have no longer any relation to the bodies they used, and harm or injury done the body cannot affect them.

Did you know that there are elves in the Ladysforest who knew Gird—knew him as Ardhiel knew you?

You have spent a summer with elves and part-elves and the powers of the forest.

The elves that turned from the High Lord—some say when the first of the Kuakkganni sang to the First Tree—worship her.

They seemed to know much that Paks had learned only that summer, asking questions about the relations of elves and humans and other matters Paks knew little about.

Its a joint kingdom, and the elves have a right to be in the kingship.

When nothing was heard for too long—for the elves would send word of safe arrival, and besides the eastern taig was troubled—search was made, and the wagons and bodies were found.

He blamed the queen for the young prince’s death—taking that journey—and he disliked the elves at court who would have tutored the princess in taigin.