Shoulder-of-mutton sail
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]


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  • Shoulder-of-mutton sail — Sail Sail, n. [OE. seil, AS. segel, segl; akin to D. zeil, OHG. segal, G. & Sw. segel, Icel. segl, Dan. seil. [root] 153.] 1. An extent of canvas or other fabric by means of which the wind is made serviceable as a power for propelling vessels… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shoulder-of-mutton sail — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun : leg of mutton sail * * * shoulder of mutton sail noun A triangular sail • • • Main Entry: ↑shoulder …   Useful english dictionary

  • Leg-of-mutton — Leg of mut ton, a. Having the general shape or outline of a leg of mutton; as, a leg of mutton, or shoulder of mutton, sail. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leg-of-mutton — adjective or leg o mutton | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ : having the general shape or outline of a leg of mutton; especially : having a full upper arm and a fitted lower arm and wrist used of the sleeve of a woman s garment * * * /leg euh mut n, euhv /, adj …   Useful english dictionary

  • leg-of-mutton — leg′ of mut′ton or leg′ o mut′ton adj. 1) having the triangular shape of a leg of mutton: a leg of mutton sail[/ex] 2) clo (of the sleeve of a dress or blouse) full and puffed from shoulder to elbow and then tightly fitted from elbow to wrist •… …   From formal English to slang

  • leg-of-mutton — /lɛg ə ˈmʌtn/ (say leg uh mutn) adjective 1. having the triangular shape of a leg of mutton, as a sail, etc. 2. (of a sleeve) very full at the shoulder then narrowing so as to be closely fitting at the wrist …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shoulder belt — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shoulder blade — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shoulder block — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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