Shoulder girdle

Shoulder girdle
Shoulder Shoul"der, n. [OE. shulder, shuldre, schutder, AS. sculdor; akin to D. schoulder, G. schulter, OHG. scultarra, Dan. skulder, Sw. skuldra.] 1. (Anat.) 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. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

Then by main force pulled up, and on his shoulders bore The gates of Azza. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Adown her shoulders fell her length of hair. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: That which supports or sustains; support. [1913 Webster]

In thy shoulder do I build my seat. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. That which resembles a human shoulder, as any protuberance or projection from the body of a thing. [1913 Webster]

The north western shoulder of the mountain. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

5. The upper joint of the fore leg and adjacent parts of an animal, dressed for market; as, a shoulder of mutton. [1913 Webster]

6. (Fort.) The angle of a bastion included between the face and flank. See Illust. of {Bastion}. [1913 Webster]

7. 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. [1913 Webster]

{Shoulder belt}, a belt that passes across the shoulder.

{Shoulder blade} (Anat.), the flat bone of the shoulder, to which the humerus is articulated; the scapula.

{Shoulder block} (Naut.), a block with a projection, or shoulder, near the upper end, so that it can rest against a spar without jamming the rope.

{Shoulder clapper}, one who claps another on the shoulder, or who uses great familiarity. [Obs.] --Shak.

{Shoulder girdle}. (Anat.) See {Pectoral girdle}, under {Pectoral}.

{Shoulder knot}, an ornamental knot of ribbon or lace worn on the shoulder; a kind of epaulet or braided ornament worn as part of a military uniform.

{Shoulder-of-mutton sail} (Naut.), a triangular sail carried on a boat's mast; -- so called from its shape.

{Shoulder slip}, dislocation of the shoulder, or of the humerous. --Swift.

{Shoulder strap}, a strap worn on or over the shoulder. Specifically (Mil. & Naval), a narrow strap worn on the shoulder of a commissioned officer, indicating, by a suitable device, the rank he holds in the service. See Illust. in App. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • shoulder girdle — n PECTORAL GIRDLE * * * the bony structure to which the bones of the upper limbs are attached. It consists of the right and left scapula (shoulder blades) and clavicles (collar bones). * * * thoracic girdle, girdle of upper limb cingulum… …   Medical dictionary

  • shoulder girdle — n. PECTORAL GIRDLE * * * …   Universalium

  • shoulder girdle — n. PECTORAL GIRDLE …   English World dictionary

  • shoulder girdle — noun the bony arch formed by the collarbones and shoulder blades in humans • Syn: ↑pectoral arch • Hypernyms: ↑arch • Part Holonyms: ↑pectoral girdle * * * noun : pectoral girdle …   Useful english dictionary

  • shoulder girdle — pectoral girdle (the bony support of the pectoral fin behind the gills and usually attached to the posterior part of the skull; the shoulder girdle. Composed of the following basic elements (some of which may be lost): coracoid, scapula,… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • shoulder girdle — noun The human pectoral girdle, consisting of the collarbones and shoulder blades …   Wiktionary

  • shoulder girdle — pectoral girdle the bony structure to which the bones of the upper limbs are attached. It consists of the right and left scapulas (shoulder blades) and clavicles (collar bones) …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • shoulder girdle — noun Date: 1868 the bony or cartilaginous arch that supports the forelimbs of a vertebrate called also pectoral girdle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shoulder girdle. — See pectoral girdle (def. 2). [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • shoulder girdle. — See pectoral girdle (def. 2). [1865 70] …   Useful english dictionary

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