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a. The joint connecting the arm with the torso.
b. The part of the human body between the neck and upper arm.
a. The joint of a vertebrate animal that connects the forelimb to the trunk.
b. The part of an animal near this joint.
3. often shoulders The area of the back from one shoulder to the other.
4. A cut of meat including the joint of the foreleg and adjacent parts.
5. The portion of a garment that covers the shoulder.
6. An angled or sloping part, as:
a. The angle between the face and flank of a bastion in a fortification.
b. The area between the body and neck of a bottle or vase.
7. The area of an item or object that serves as an abutment or surrounds a projection, as:
a. The end surface of a board from which a tenon projects.
b. Printing The flat surface on the body of type that extends beyond the letter or character.
8. The edge or border running on either side of a roadway.
v. shoul·dered, shoul·der·ing, shoul·ders
1. To carry or place (a burden, for example) on a shoulder or on the shoulders.
2. To take on; assume: shouldered the blame for his friends.
3. To push or apply force to with a shoulder: shouldered the dresser against the wall.
4. To make (one's way) by shoving one's shoulders.
1. To push with a shoulder.
2. To make one's way by shoving one's shoulders.
put (one's) shoulder to the wheel
To apply oneself vigorously; make a concentrated effort.
shoulder to shoulder
1. In close proximity; side by side.
2. In close cooperation.
straight from the shoulder
1. Delivered directly from the shoulder. Used of a punch.
2. Honestly; candidly.

[Middle English shulder, from Old English sculdor.]



See Also: BODY

  1. Bony shoulders … like wings —Richard Ford
  2. Protruding shoulder blades that pushed out the back of his shirt like hidden wings —Harvey Swados
  3. Shoulder blades … almost as soft and small as a bird’s wings —Penelope Gilliatt
  4. Shoulder blades jutted like a twin hump —Harvey Swados
  5. [Protruding] shoulder blades … like wedges —Jay Parini
  6. Shoulders like a buffalo —Willa Cather
  7. Shoulders like a five-barred gate —Donald Seaman
  8. Shoulders like a pair of walking beams —H. C. Witwer
  9. Shoulders like a wall —Paul J. Wellman
  10. Shoulders like the ram of a battleship —P. G. Wodehouse
  11. Shoulders like the Parthenon —H. L. Mencken
  12. Shoulders protruding like a Swiss chalet —Rufus Shapley
  13. Shoulders rounded like a question mark —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  14. Sunburned shoulders like the knobs of well-polished furniture —Nadine Gordimer
References in classic literature ?
Round shoulders had Jo, big hands and feet, a flyaway look to her clothes, and the uncomfortable appearance of a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman and didn't like it.
Slowly they stole forth and lay upon George Willard's shoulders.
Then the young inventor, shaking his shoulders as though to rid them of some weight, remarked:
He was tall and slender, and his thin shoulders stooped.
cried a voice, whose owner at the same time coming close behind us, laid a hand upon both our shoulders, and then insinuating himself between us, stood stooping forward a little, in the uncertain twilight, strangely peering from Queequeg to me.
The cares of a kingdom do not stoop the shoulders, they do not droop the chin, they do not depress the high level of the eye-glance, they do not put doubt and fear in the heart and hang out the signs of them in slouching body and unsure step.
She put both hands on Mistress Mary's shoulders and looked her little face over in a motherly fashion.
Drummle, my shoulders squared and my back to the fire.
Yes,' he answered; 'but first of all I will take this little bundle of sticks home to my mother,' and he took one of the trees and wound it round the other five, raised the bundle on his shoulders and bore it off.
Placing three of them with their faces to the wall and arms locked, I commanded two more to mount to their shoulders, and a sixth I ordered to climb upon the shoulders of the upper two.
Rising from the sailor who had precipitated the battle he shook his giant shoulders, freeing himself from two of the men that were clinging to his back, and with mighty blows of his open palms felled one after another of his attackers, leaping hither and thither with the agility of a small monkey.
She made a stream of fire flare from his shield and helmet like the star that shines most brilliantly in summer after its bath in the waters of Oceanus--even such a fire did she kindle upon his head and shoulders as she bade him speed into the thickest hurly-burly of the fight.