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