Definitions of shoulder

  1. a ball- and- socket joint between the head of the humerus and a cavity of the scapula
  2. lift onto one's shoulders
  3. edge of land ( usually unpaved) along the side of a road
  4. the part of the body between the neck and the upper arm
  5. push with the shoulders; " He shouldered his way into the crowd"
  6. carry a burden, either real or metaphoric; " shoulder the burden"
  7. narrow edge of land ( usually unpaved) along the side of a road
  8. To push with the shoulder; to make one's way, as through a crowd, by using the shoulders; to move swaying the shoulders from side to side.
  9. The joint, or the region of the joint, by which the fore limb is connected with the body or with the shoulder girdle; the projection formed by the bones and muscles about that joint.
  10. Fig.: That which supports or sustains; support.
  11. That which resembles a human shoulder, as any protuberance or projection from the body of a thing.
  12. The upper joint of the fore leg and adjacent parts of an animal, dressed for market; as, a shoulder of mutton.
  13. The angle of a bastion included between the face and flank. See Illust. of Bastion.
  14. An abrupt projection which forms an abutment on an object, or limits motion, etc., as the projection around a tenon at the end of a piece of timber, the part of the top of a type which projects beyond the base of the raised character, etc.
  15. To push or thrust with the shoulder; to push with violence; to jostle.
  16. To take upon the shoulder or shoulders; as, to shoulder a basket; hence, to assume the burden or responsibility of; as, to shoulder blame; to shoulder a debt.
  17. The flesh and muscles connected with the shoulder joint; the upper part of the back; that part of the human frame on which it is most easy to carry a heavy burden; - often used in the plural.
  18. The projecting part of the human body between the neck and the place where the arm joins the trunk; in animals, the fore quarter; that which resembles a shoulder; a prominence.
  19. To take upon the shoulder; assume the responsibility of; as, to shoulder a burden; to push with, or as with, the shoulders; as, to shoulder one's way.
  20. To push or make one's way by using the shoulders.
  21. The joint which connects the human arm or the foreleg of a quadruped with the body: the flesh and muscles about the shoulder: the upper joint of the foreleg of an animal cut for market: a prominence: ( fig.) that which sustains.
  22. To push with the shoulder or violently: to take upon the shoulder.
  23. Joint connecting the arm or fore- leg with the body.
  24. To push with the shoulder; take upon the shoulder.
  25. To push with or as with the shoulder.
  26. The joint connecting the arm or fore limb with the body.
  27. An enlargement or projection.
  28. The upper part of the back; the which elevates and sustains.
  29. The joint, or parts about the joints, by which the arm of a man or the foreleg of a quadruped is connected with the body; the upper joint of the foreleg of an animal cut for the market; anything resembling a shoulder; a prominence; the angle of a bastion.
  30. To push with the shoulder or with violence; to take upon the shoulder. Shoulder of mutton sail, a triangular sail.
  31. The joint connecting the human arm to the body, or the fore leg of a quadruped; anything resembling the shoulder; a prominence; sustaining power; support; strength.
  32. To push or thrust with violence; to take upon the shoulder.

Usage examples for shoulder

  1. " But she is only a girl," Ralph said, looking at the white face that was leaning against the doctor's shoulder. – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  2. Mr Mifflin looked over his shoulder. – The Man Upstairs and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
  3. On our way there he put a kindly hand on my shoulder. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  4. Lyman put his hand on the young man's shoulder. – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read
  5. Joy cried out over her shoulder. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London
  6. William put his hand on the man's shoulder. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  7. Tom looked back over his shoulder. – Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah
  8. Jimmie Dale glanced back over his shoulder. – The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  9. There she paused, and looked over my shoulder. – Jezebel's Daughter by Wilkie Collins
  10. He socked the other hard- hat in the shoulder. – Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  11. As Bertie drew near he took him gently by the shoulder. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  12. Her head is on my shoulder. – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit
  13. But he stopped by Bassett and put a hand on his shoulder. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. Jessie drew back, and leaned on my shoulder, trembling from head to foot. – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  15. " I'll try- since you wish it," she said over her shoulder, as she turned away. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  16. Superintendent Galloway's theory was that it might have been done by the murderer when throwing the body of his victim over his shoulder. – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  17. " I've been thinking about Mellersh," repeated Mrs. Wilkins over her shoulder, as Rose seemed not to have heard. – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  18. Mr. Herbert had been shot, but the wound was in the front of his right shoulder." – The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle
  19. I touched her shoulder. – The Damned by Algernon Blackwood
  20. Suddenly Susan felt a touch on her shoulder. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris