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Shoulder appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • She had shoulder surgery.
  • The soldier's shoulder surely hurts!
  • In shoulder surgery some surgeons sew soldiers' shoulders.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun shoulder:

imaginative writing89.61%informational writing10.39%

The word shoulder is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun shoulder

What does shoulder mean as a name of something?

Shoulder is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: shoulders

  1. the part of the body between the neck and the upper arm
  2. a cut of meat including the upper joint of the foreleg
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic terms: cut / cut of meat = a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
    • part of: chuck = the part of a forequarter from the neck to the ribs and including the shoulder blade
  3. a ball-and-socket joint between the head of the humerus and a cavity of the scapula
  4. the part of a garment that covers or fits over the shoulder
    • example: an ornamental gold braid on the shoulder of his uniform
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: cloth covering = a covering made of cloth
    • part of: garment = an article of clothing
  5. a narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road
    • example: the car pulled off onto the shoulder
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of shoulder: berm
    • more generic word: edge = the outside limit of an object or area or surface
    • more specific term: hard shoulder = a paved strip beside a motorway
    • part of: road / route = an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

Alternative definition of the noun shoulder


  1. [anatomy] The joint between the arm and the torso, sometimes including the surrounding area.
  2. A part of a road where drivers may stop in an emergency; a hard shoulder.

Specialised definition of the noun shoulder

Glossary of sports / cricket

the shoulder of the bat is the slightly curved upper edge of the blade, near to where it joins the handle (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb shoulder

What does shoulder mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: shouldered | shouldering | shoulders

  1. lift onto one's shoulders
  2. push with the shoulders
    • example: He shouldered his way into the crowd
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: thrust = push forcefully
  3. carry a burden, either real or metaphoric
    • example: shoulder the burden
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: carry / transport = move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

Alternative definition of the verb shoulder


  1. [transitive] To push (a person or thing) using one's shoulder.
  2. [transitive] To carry (something) on one's shoulders.
  3. [context: figuratively, transitive] To accept responsibility for.


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"Shoulder" is a musical single of The Mispers.

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Shoulder: A shoulder, often serving as an emergency stopping lane, is a reserved lane by the verge of a road or motorway, on the right in countries which drive on the right, or on the left side in Japan, the UK, Australia, and other left-side driving countries. Many wider U.S. freeways have shoulders on both sides of each directional carriageway, in the median as well as at the outer edges of the road, for additional safety. Typically the shoulder is not for use by moving traffic.

Phrases with Shoulder

Phrases starting with the word Shoulder:

  1. shoulder in
  2. shoulder bag
  3. shoulder pad
  4. Shoulder Arms
  5. shoulder bone
  6. shoulder mark
  7. Shoulder Surf
  8. shoulder vise
  9. Shoulder angel
  10. shoulder blade
  11. shoulder board
  12. Shoulder Check
  13. Shoulder Devil
  14. shoulder flash
  15. shoulder joint
  16. shoulder patch

Phrases ending with the word Shoulder:

  1. to shoulder
  2. cold shoulder
  3. cold-shoulder
  4. hard shoulder

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shoulder

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Google previewNo More Hot Flashes... And Even More Good News (2009)

by Penny Wise Budoff

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is called the humeral head; it is the head of the large bone of your upper arm, the humerus. The socket is called the glenoid. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. This great mobility ...

Google previewApplication of Alternative Food-Preservation Technologies to Enhance Food Safety and Stability (2010)

by Antonio Bevilacqua, Maria Rosaria Corbo, Milena Sinigaglia

The shoulder is the time before all but one organism in such a clump have been killed; 2. the shoulder is the period when the cells are able to resynthesise a critical component and death occurs only when the rate of destruction exceeds the ...

Google previewMIS Techniques in Orthopedics (2010)

by Giles R. Scuderi, Alfred J. Tria, Richard A. Berger

The shoulder is a more socially exposed joint than knee and hip. Cosmesis around the shoulder is an important issue for many patients. This younger cohort tends to be very active and have high expectations regarding postoperative function.

Google previewZen Mind, Zen Horse (2011)

The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses by Allan J. Hamilton

Walk up and stroke the left shoulder. The left shoulder is the neutral or safe shoulder (see figure 4.6) where we always make initial contact with the ...

Google previewACSM's Primary Care Sports Medicine (2007)

by Douglas McKeag, James L. Moeller

SECTIONA THE SHOULDER The shoulder is the most vulnerable joint in the human body.

The shoulder is a site of major injury in competitive sports, including a variety of injuries ranging from those involving joints (e.g., glenohumeral [GH] ...

Google previewThe Farmer's Magazine (1819)

The shoulder is a most important point in all horses. It should be large, broad and light, to allow extent of suriace for the attachment of muscles, and cannot be situated too obliquely, as, in that position, it gives greater scope to the action of the ...

Google previewNew Materials and Technologies for Healthcare (2012)

by L. L. Hench

Introduction The shoulder is a unique and important joint. When a...

Anatomical Considerations The human shoulder is the critical point of attachment for the arm, arguably the most important limb for most humans of any time period, prehistoric ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sports Medicine (2010)

by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.

The shoulder is a ballandsocket joint with great freedom of movement. The head of the humerus is a relatively large ball, and the...

Google previewThe Healthy Body Handbook (2004)

A Total Guide to the Prevention and Treatment of Sports Injuries by Stuart C. Apfel, MD, David C Saidoff, PT

□Frozen Shoulder Defined Frozen shoulder is a painful condition that commonly follows injury to the shoulderjoint.

Thus, while the shoulder is the joint with the greatest movement capability of the body, it is an extremely sensitive barometer ...

Google previewSlow Fire (2012)

The Beginner's Guide to Lip-Smacking Barbecue by Ray Lampe

But for the home cook, a whole shoulder is a big cut of meat, like around twenty pounds big—so for most of us it's best to cook the parts individually. The picnic isn't as popu— lar among barbecue guys as the butt, but it's equally good.

Google previewThe Meat Hook Meat Book (2014)

Buy, Butcher, and Cook Your Way to Better Meat by Tom Mylan

The shoulder is the fattiest of all the lamb primals, and it's full of prime braising and barbecue cuts, as well as flavorful and juicy chops for grilling that don't cost a fortune. The shoulder is hugely overlooked by lamb lovers and, because of this, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica (1878)

A Record of the Positive Effects of Drugs Upon the Healthy Human Organism by Timothy Field Allen

Shoulder. Swelling and suppuration of the glands in the right axilla.1. — Swelling of the axillary glands,1. — Sensation of fulness in the left axillary gland, in a few minutes leaving the left and appearing in the right axilla (after one hour and a ...

Google previewUnabridged Dictionary of Sensations as If (2003)

by J. W. Ward

Shoulder Air. — Severe bubbling sensation, as if one shook a bottle of water, or as if one forced air into the flesh on the external border of the right shoulder-blade. Ber- beris (A) Shoulder Asleep. — At night, the arms pain in ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine (2006)

by Michael Kent

shoulder Part of the body where the arm joins onto the trunk. The shoulder is a very complex structure because it has five joints see ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Surfing (2005)

by Matt Warshaw

shoulder Downward-sloping area of the wave adjacent to the crest and the whitewater. A shouldering wave is either temporarily slowing down or giving out altogether; waves often shoulder into a ...

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Quotes about Shoulder

They think because I'm small, they can do what they want to do to me. But I'm not weak. If I lower my shoulder and they lower they're shoulder, they're going to go down. (Michael Johnson)
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Scrabble value of S1H4O1U1L1D2E1R1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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