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

Examples of shoulder blade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Old mentalities would say that backless dresses, revealing from shoulder blade to hip bone, were the exclusive purview of nights on the town. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Consider the Backless Dress for a New Year’s Eve at Home," 27 Dec. 2020 Carefully make a cut along the spine, next to the backstrap, down to the front of the shoulder blade. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "How to Clean Big Game with the Gutless Method," 20 Nov. 2020 Gentry was found in the back seat of the car with injuries that included a broken neck, spine, arm, shoulder blade and elbow, according to Freeman. Joseph Salvador, USA TODAY, "Kansas City high school football team followed by tragedy, triumph and filmmaker," 12 Nov. 2020 Rhule said McCaffrey has a separation of the AC joint, which is located at the tip of the shoulder where the shoulder blade and collarbone meet. Steve Reed, Star Tribune, "Rhule: McCaffrey's injury not expected to be season ending," 11 Nov. 2020 One of her favorites is the teres major, a muscle that connects the shoulder blade to the front shoulder. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Flip Your Backstrap Every 20 Seconds (and More Venison Cooking Tips from an Expert Chef)," 28 Sep. 2020 Perform a row by first pulling your shoulder blade back and down. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "No Rocks Required For This Strength-Building Climbing Workout," 17 Oct. 2020 Your pecs also help stabilize your shoulder and shoulder blade, Miranda says, which helps guard against injury. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "Why You Should Pay More Attention to Your Pectoral Muscles," 22 Aug. 2020 Gently roll the ball along the outer edge of the shoulder blade by bending and straightening the knees and then lifting and lowering the heels. Kelly Dinardo New York Times, Star Tribune, "A breathtaking workout to improve your breathing," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shoulder blade

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Shoulder blade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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