shoulder blade


plural shoulder blades
: either of a pair of large, flat, triangular-shaped bones that lie above the rib cage on either side of the upper back : scapula
a fractured shoulder blade
He has a wing-shaped tribal tattoo between his shoulder blades.Cliff Mehrtens
… types who didn't wash and grew hair to their shoulder blades.Curtis W. Casewit

Examples of shoulder blade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The refs decided the hit was at Toews’ shoulder blade and not a head shot. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 10 May 2024 Evenepoel, the 2022 Vuelta a España winner, also suffered a fractured collarbone, his Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team said in a statement, as well as a fractured right shoulder blade. Matias Grez, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 Bend your elbows and pull shoulder blades together to lower your chest to the box. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 2 Apr. 2024 Squeeze your shoulder blades and keep that tension for the entire round. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 6 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for shoulder blade 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shoulder blade was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shoulder blade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

shoulder blade

: the flat triangular bone of the back of the shoulder that forms a joint with the humerus of the upper arm

called also scapula

Medical Definition

shoulder blade


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