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Definition of shoulder:

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

Synonyms:

ridge, accept, incur, joint, object, shoulder joint, take on, collar, arm, assume, Articulatio Humeri, ledge, complain, berm, protrusion, take over, tackle, undertake, shed tears, cry.

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