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Definition of Shoulder

Shoulder

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fig.: That which supports or sustains; support.
  5. That which resembles a human shoulder, as any protuberance or projection from the body of a thing.
  6. The upper joint of the fore leg and adjacent parts of an animal, dressed for market; as, a shoulder of mutton.
  7. The angle of a bastion included between the face and flank. See Illust. of Bastion.
  8. 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.
  9. To push or thrust with the shoulder; to push with violence; to jostle.
  10. 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.

Shoulder Quotations

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
Ernest Hemingway

It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.'
Sam Levenson

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God's finger on man's shoulder.
Charles Morgan

Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.
H. L. Mencken

The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, 'Daddy, I need to ask you something,' he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.
Garrison Keillor
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Shoulder Translations

shoulder in Afrikaans is skouer
shoulder in Danish is skulder
shoulder in Dutch is schouder
shoulder in Finnish is hartia
shoulder in German is Schulter, Schulter {f}, Achsel {f}
shoulder in Italian is spalla
shoulder in Latin is umerus humerus
shoulder in Norwegian is skulder
shoulder in Portuguese is ombro
shoulder in Spanish is hombro
shoulder in Swedish is axel, bog, skuldra

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