shoulder blade

noun
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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Bony areas include the shoulder blades, ankles, and parts of the hips and legs (like the knees and shins). Isadora Baum, SELF, "7 Foam Rolling Mistakes You Should Avoid," 16 Mar. 2019 For anything more than a few miles, the Nathan VaporAir ($150) holds two liters of water and has a big main compartment that fits between your shoulder blades, where the running motion can't jostle it around. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Start Trail Running," 9 Sep. 2016 Lacrosse balls, like these ones from Champion Sports, make really great targeted self-massage devices for hard-to-reach areas by the shoulder blades and hips. Amy Marturana, SELF, "How to Shop for a Foam Roller," 30 Mar. 2019 Then, during the plank portion, press down through your palms (not just your fingertips) and keep your shoulder blades engaged. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 Keep the roller in place and rock forward and back so the roller massages the entire area below your shoulder blade. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 28 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of shoulder blade

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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shoulder blade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shoulder blade

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

shoulder blade

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Kids Definition of shoulder blade

: the flat triangular bone of the back of the shoulder

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