Shoulder meaning

shōldər
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.

An example of a shoulder is where a person hangs the strap on a purse.

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The portion of a garment that covers the shoulder.
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The area of the back from one shoulder to the other.
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To carry or place (a burden, for example) on a shoulder or on the shoulders.
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To take on; assume.

Shouldered the blame for his friends.

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To push or apply force to with a shoulder.

Shouldered the dresser against the wall.

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To make (one's way) by shoving one's shoulders.
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To push with a shoulder.
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To make one's way by shoving one's shoulders.
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The two shoulders and the part of the back between them.
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A cut of meat consisting of the upper foreleg and attached parts.
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The part of a garment that covers the shoulder.
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Something like a shoulder in shape or position; shoulderlike projection.
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That part of the top of a piece of type which extends beyond the base of the raised character.
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The strip of land along the edge of a paved road; berm.
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To push or thrust along or through, with or as with the shoulder.

To shoulder one's way through a crowd.

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To assume the burden of.
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To push with the shoulder or shoulders.
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The area of the back from one shoulder to the other.
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The part of an animal's body between the base of the neck and forearm socket.
  • The part of the human torso forming a relatively horizontal surface running away from the neck.
    The parrot was sitting on Steve's shoulder.
  • (anatomy) The joint between the arm and the torso, sometimes including the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • A cut of meat comprised of the upper joint of the foreleg and the surrounding muscle.
  • The portion of a garment where the shoulder is clothed.
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Anything forming a shape resembling a human shoulder.
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(topography) A shelf between two levels.
  • A part of a road where drivers may stop in an emergency; a hard shoulder.
    He stopped the car on the shoulder of the highway to change the flat tire.
  • The portion of a hill or mountain just below the peak.
  • The angle of a bastion included between the face and flank.
  • An abrupt projection which forms an abutment on an object, or limits motion, etc., such as the projection around a tenon at the end of a piece of timber.
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(printing) The flat portion of type that is below the bevelled portion that joins up with the face.
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(of an object) The portion below the neck.
  • (music) The rounded portion of stringed instrument where the neck joins the body.
  • The rounded portion of a bottle where the neck meets the body.
  • (firearms) The angled section between the neck and the main body of a cartridge.
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(figuratively) That which supports or sustains; support.
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To push (a person or thing) using one's shoulder.
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To carry (something) on one's shoulders.
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(figuratively) To bear a burden, as a financial obligation.
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To put (something) on one's shoulders.
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(figuratively) To accept responsibility for.

Shoulder the blame.

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To place (something) against one's shoulders.
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To form a shape resembling a shoulder.
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(intransitive) To move by or as if by using one's shoulders.
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Shoulder is defined as to be weighed down, troubled or burdened by something.

An example of shoulder are polar bears being negatively affected by the effects of global climate change; to shoulder the effects.

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A cut of meat including the joint of the foreleg and adjacent parts.
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An angled or sloping part, as:
  • The angle between the face and flank of a bastion in a fortification.
  • The area between the body and neck of a bottle or vase.
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The area of an item or object that serves as an abutment or surrounds a projection, as:
  • The end surface of a board from which a tenon projects.
  • (printing) The flat surface on the body of type that extends beyond the letter or character.
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To take or carry upon the shoulder.
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The edge or border running on either side of a roadway.
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put (one's) shoulder to the wheel
  • To apply oneself vigorously; make a concentrated effort.
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shoulder to shoulder
  • In close proximity; side by side.
  • In close cooperation.
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straight from the shoulder
  • Delivered directly from the shoulder. Used of a punch.
  • Honestly; candidly.
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cry on someone's shoulder
  • to tell one's troubles to someone in seeking comfort or sympathy
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put one's shoulder to the wheel
  • to set to work vigorously; put forth vigorous effort
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(mil.) shoulder arms
  • to rest a rifle against the (right or left) shoulder, supporting the butt with the hand on the same side
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shoulder to shoulder
  • side by side and close together
  • working together; with common effort
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straight from the shoulder
  • moving straight forward from the shoulder
  • without reserve or evasion; frankly
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turn a cold shoulder to
  • to treat with disdain; snub
  • to avoid or shun
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Origin of shoulder

  • Middle English shulder from Old English sculdor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sholder, shulder, schulder, from Old English sculdor, sculdra (“shoulder"), from Proto-Germanic *skuldrô (“shoulder"), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Proto-Germanic *skelduz (“shield"), see shield. Cognate with Old Frisian skuldere (“shoulder"), Middle Low German scholder (“shoulder"), Dutch schouder (“shoulder"), German Schulter (“shoulder").

    From Wiktionary