shoulder [shōl′dər]
[ME schuldere < OE sculdor, akin to Ger schulter < IE * skdhrā, shoulder blade used as a spade < base * (s)kel-, to cut > SHELL, SHILLING, SKULL]
a) the joint connecting the arm or forelimb with the body
b) the part of the body including this joint and extending to the base of the neck
2. [pl.] the two shoulders and the part of the back between them: often used figuratively with reference to this region as a place where burdens are often carried
3. a cut of meat consisting of the upper foreleg and attached parts: see PORK
4. the part of a garment that covers the shoulder
5. something like a shoulder in shape or position; shoulderlike projection
6. that part of the top of a piece of type which extends beyond the base of the raised character: see TYPE
7. the strip of land along the edge of a paved road; berm
1. to push or thrust along or through, with or as with the shoulder [to shoulder one's way through a crowd]
2. to take or carry upon the shoulder
3. to assume the burden of
to push with the shoulder or shoulders
cry on someone's shoulder
to tell one's troubles to someone in seeking comfort or sympathy
put one's shoulder to the wheel
to set to work vigorously; put forth vigorous effort
shoulder arms Mil.
1. to rest a rifle against the (right or left) shoulder, supporting the butt with the hand on the same side
a) this position
b) the command to assume it
shoulder to shoulder
1. side by side and close together
2. working together; with common effort
straight from the shoulder
1. moving straight forward from the shoulder: said of a blow
2. without reserve or evasion; frankly
turn a cold shoulder to or give a cold shoulder to
1. to treat with disdain; snub
2. to avoid or shun

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  • Shoulder — Shoul der, n. [OE. shulder, shuldre, schutder, AS. sculdor; akin to D. schoulder, G. schulter, OHG. scultarra, Dan. skulder, Sw. skuldra.] 1. (Anat.) The joint, or the region of the joint, by which the fore limb is connected with the body or with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoulder — ► NOUN 1) the joint between the upper arm or forelimb and the main part of the body. 2) a joint of meat from the upper foreleg and shoulder blade of an animal. 3) a part of something resembling a shoulder, in particular a point at which a steep… …   English terms dictionary

  • Shoulder — Shoul der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shouldered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shouldering}.] 1. To push or thrust with the shoulder; to push with violence; to jostle. [1913 Webster] As they the earth would shoulder from her seat. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Around… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoulder — O.E. sculdor, from W.Gmc. *skuldro (Cf. M.Du. scouder, Du. schouder, O.Fris. skoldere, M.L.G. scholder, O.H.G. scultra, Ger. Schulter), of unknown origin, perhaps related to SHIELD (Cf. shield). Meaning edge of the road is attested from 1933. The …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shoulder — Shoul der, v. i. 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. A yoke of the great sulky white bullocks . . . came shouldering along together. Kipling.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoulder — [v1] be responsible for accept, assume, bear, carry, take on, take upon oneself; concept 23 Ant. deny, refuse shoulder [v2] push, jostle bulldoze*, elbow, hustle, nudge, press, push aside, shove, thrust; concept 208 …   New thesaurus

  • shoulder — index assume (undertake), bear (support), bolster, maintain (sustain), underwrite Burton s Legal …   Law dictionary

  • Shoulder — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = articulatio humeri GraySubject = 81 GrayPage = 313 Caption = Diagram of the human shoulder joint Caption2 = Capsule of shoulder joint (distended). Anterior aspect. Width = 300 Precursor = System = Artery =… …   Wikipedia

  • shoulder — shoul|der1 W2S2 [ˈʃəuldə US ˈʃouldər] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(body part)¦ 2¦(clothes)¦ 3¦(meat)¦ 4 be looking over your shoulder 5 6 shoulder to shoulder 7 on somebody s shoulders 8 put your shoulder to the wheel 9¦(road side)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shoulder — [[t]ʃo͟ʊldə(r)[/t]] ♦♦ shoulders, shouldering, shouldered 1) N COUNT: oft poss N Your shoulders are between your neck and the tops of your arms. She led him to an armchair, with her arm round his shoulder... He glanced over his shoulder and saw… …   English dictionary

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