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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lift shoulder blades off mat, raise legs so knees are bent at 90 degrees, and gaze at thighs, keeping neck relaxed. Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 8 Apr. 2023 Without losing tension or lifting your arms or legs, shift your weight to your right glute and shoulder blade. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 24 Mar. 2023 The Riviera's seats are chair-high and offer good support, all the way from your shoulder blades down to the backsides of your knees. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2023 This shot will definitely get the lungs, and is apt to also wreck the shoulder blade and some of the spine as well. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023 The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, meaning the arm bone form a ball that glides around inside of the concave portion of the shoulder blade. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 24 Jan. 2023 He’s had several rounds of MRIs, and his most recent imaging showed full healing in the shoulder blade. Jake Seiner, Hartford Courant, 29 May 2022 But injuries to his elbow, forearm and shoulder blade have limited him to 26 starts over the past two seasons. Schuyler Dixon, ajc, 3 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 10 Jun. 2023.

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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