- the end surface or surfaces of a piece from which a tenon or tenons project.
- an inclined and raised surface, as on a joggle post, for receiving and supporting the foot of a strut or the like.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- shotwell, james thomson,
- should have stood in bed, i,
- shoulder bag,
- shoulder blade,
- shoulder board,
- shoulder girdle,
- shoulder harness
- to place a rifle muzzle upward on the right or left shoulder, with the buttstock in the corresponding hand.
- the command to shoulder arms.
Origin of shoulder
Examples from the Web for shoulder
So I just patted him kind-like on the shoulder and sat down.
But Liberty is always dipping his shoulder, whirling around.
“I only touched his shoulder,” the pastor told sheriffs, according to the police report.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her mother, pregnant at the time of the killing, was hit in the shoulder by a bullet from the same gun that killed her son.
According to Ibrahim, the police officers grabbed him by the shoulder and struck him in the face.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge|Creede Newton|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He put his hand on her shoulder and asked her if she was in any pain.Peck's Compendium of Fun|George W. Peck
And here a voice called to him, and a hand was laid on his shoulder.Night and Morning, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
"That is not the way to speak, sir," he said sternly, while the constable pressed a warning hand on James's shoulder.With Wolfe in Canada|G. A. Henty
The thought of Gideon's stick, the feel of his heavy hand upon his shoulder, were with him as of yore.Lewis Rand|Mary Johnston
I had her—of course in so public a place it was my right to have her—she was over my shoulder.Life on the Stage|Clara Morris
- to treat someone in a cold manner; snub
- to ignore or shun someone
- side by side or close together
- in a corporate effort
Word Origin for shoulder
Old English sculdor "shoulder," from West Germanic *skuldro (cf. Middle Dutch scouder, Dutch schouder, Old Frisian skoldere, Middle Low German scholder, Old High German scultra, German Schulter), of unknown origin, perhaps related to shield (n.). Meaning "edge of the road" is attested from 1933. Cold shoulder (Neh. ix:29) translates Latin humerum recedentum dare in Vulgate (but see cold shoulder). Shoulder-length, of hair, is from 1951.
c.1300, "to push with the shoulder," from shoulder (n.). Meaning "take a burden" first recorded 1580s. The military sense is from 1590s. Related: Shouldered; shouldering.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shoulder
- shoulder to shoulder
- broad shoulders
- chip on one's shoulder
- cold shoulder
- cry on someone's shoulder
- good head on one's shoulders
- head and shoulders above
- on one's shoulders
- put one's shoulder to the wheel
- rub elbows (shoulders) with
- shrug one's shoulders
- square one's shoulders
- straight from the shoulder
- weight of the world on one's shoulders