Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road
  2. (noun, artifact) the part of a garment that covers or fits over the shoulder
  3. (noun, body) the part of the body between the neck and the upper arm
  4. (noun, body) a ball-and-socket joint between the head of the humerus and a cavity of the scapula
  5. (noun, food) a cut of meat including the upper joint of the foreleg
  6. (verb, contact) push with the shoulders
  7. (verb, contact) carry a burden, either real or metaphoric
  8. (verb, contact) lift onto one's shoulders

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Synonyms of Shoulder

articulatio humeri, berm, shoulder joint

Origin of the word Shoulder

  1. 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. Meaning "edge of the road" is attested from 1933. The verb is first attested c.1300 with sense "to push with the shoulder;" meaning "take a bu… more

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