shoulder blade

plural shoulder blades

Definition of shoulder blade

: 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

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Forness puts her fingers beneath my left shoulder blade and subtly lifts my chest and holds it up off the table. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Meet the Ayurvedic Facialist with a Massage Technique So Good, You May Cry," 14 Sep. 2018 Whoever is soaking appears to have an injury on her back—a red mark on her left shoulder blade. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What the New Opening Credits for Outlander Teach Us About Season 4," 2 Nov. 2018 Then, as if someone flipped a switch, the dog stood on his hind legs and with a raspy growl tried to sink its fangs into my right shoulder blade. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "I Never Expected My Work Jacket to Fend Off a Dog Attack—But I'm Glad It Did," 13 Nov. 2018 The image of that motor catching you between the shoulder blades is another concern entirely. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A Weekend With a $16,000 Mountain Bike," 8 Mar. 2017 This morning's Milanese runway saw a series of supers with lengths separated at center, slicked, and secured at the nape of the neck before extending, braided and rope-like, between shoulder blades. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid, and More Models Transform the Milan Runway With a Dramatic Long Hair Statement," 20 Sep. 2018 Pull back on your shoulder blades and do not let your back arch or round. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why Doing Romanian Deadlifts Like Romee Strijd Is a Great Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Hamstrings," 23 Oct. 2018 Overall, Ariel's dress was classic with spaghetti straps and a mid-length hemline, but on the back, the zipper was visible running all the way from her shoulder blades to the bottom of the dress. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter Wears a White Dress to the Girl Hero Awards in Los Angeles," 15 Oct. 2018 But one of the most important details of her wedding dress was the back, which was cut into a deep v-shape in order to highlight the spinal surgery scar that spans from her neck to her shoulder blades. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "Women Inspired by Princess Eugenie Are Sharing Stories of Their Surgery Scars," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of shoulder blade

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shoulder blade

: one of the two flat, triangular bones of the shoulder that are located in the upper back

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Kids Definition of shoulder blade

: the flat triangular bone of the back of the shoulder

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