\ ˈdelt How to pronounce delt (audio) \
plural delts

Definition of delt

: a large muscle of the shoulder : deltoid usually pluralThey ought to forget about their lats and delts for a minute and start beefing up the body politic.— Herbert MuschampRemember those great old "Saturday Night Live" bits about the… bodybuilders who kept offering to "pump you up" while flexing the delts of their bulbous foam rubber muscle suits?— Walter Kirn

Examples of delt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grab a set of free weights for a bent-over row, which works the lats, rear delts, and biceps. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "How a Resistance Band Can Help You Reach Your Goal of Doing a Chin-Up," 27 Sep. 2018 Expect to feel it in your entire abdominal wall, as well as your biceps, pecs, delts, lats, and calves. Meg Lappe, SELF, "A 10-Minute Cardio and Strength Jump Rope Workout," 3 Oct. 2017 Bent Over Reverse Fly This move engages your rear delts, the muscles at the backs of your shoulders. Hannah Davis, Cosmopolitan, "4 Easy Exercises for Super-Toned Arms," 4 Mar. 2014 So do his triceps, pecs, abs, delts, quads, lats and the other 600 or so muscles of the human body. Jocelyn Noveck, Orange County Register, "Even Rock’s biceps can’t lift up ‘Baywatch’," 23 May 2017 When performed correctly, this exercise is a great back and rear delt builder that is an effective alternative to the row. Jay Willis, GQ, "6 Row Machine Alternatives to Give Your Body an Amazing Workout," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of delt

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Delt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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\ ˈdelt How to pronounce delt (audio) \

Medical Definition of delt

: deltoid usually used in plural

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