The shoulder is the joint that connects the arm with the body, or the part of body that includes this joint and the muscles up to the base of the neck.(noun)
An example of a shoulder is where a person hangs the strap on a purse.
Shoulder is defined as to be weighed down, troubled or burdened by something.(verb)
An example of shoulder are polar bears being negatively affected by the effects of global climate change; to shoulder the effects.
See shoulder in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME schuldere < OE sculdor, akin to Ger schulter < IE *skḷdhrā, shoulder blade used as a spade < base *(s)kel-, to cut > shell, shilling, skull
See shoulder in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English shulder
Origin: , from Old English sculdor.
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