Should to Showily
(Should) imp. of Shall. [OE. sholde, shulde, scholde, schulde, AS. scolde, sceolde. See
Shall.] Used as an auxiliary verb, to express a conditional or contingent act or state, or as a supposition
of an actual fact; also, to express moral obligation (see Shall); e. g.: they should have come last week; if
I should go; I should think you could go. "You have done that you should be sorry for." Shak.
Syn. See Ought.
(Shoul"der) n. [OE. shulder, shuldre, schutder, AS. sculdor; akin to D. schoulder, G. schulter,
OHG. scultarra, Dan. skulder, Sw. skuldra.]
1. (Anat.) The joint, or the region of the joint, by which the fore limb is connected with the body or with
the shoulder girdle; the projection formed by the bones and muscles about that joint.
2. The flesh and muscles connected with the shoulder joint; the upper part of the back; that part of the
human frame on which it is most easy to carry a heavy burden; often used in the plural.
Then by main force pulled up, and on his shoulders boreMilton.
The gates of Azza.
Adown her shoulders fell her length of hair.Dryden.
3. Fig.: That which supports or sustains; support.
In thy shoulder do I build my seat.Shak.
4. That which resembles a human shoulder, as any protuberance or projection from the body of a thing.
The north western shoulder of the mountain.Sir W. Scott.
5. The upper joint of the fore leg and adjacent parts of an animal, dressed for market; as, a shoulder of
6. (Fort.) The angle of a bastion included between the face and flank. See Illust. of Bastion.
7. An abrupt projection which forms an abutment on an object, or limits motion, etc., as the projection
around a tenon at the end of a piece of timber, the part of the top of a type which projects beyond the
base of the raised character, etc.
Shoulder belt, a belt that passes across the shoulder. Shoulder blade (Anat.), the flat bone of
the shoulder, to which the humerus is articulated; the scapula. Shoulder block (Naut.), a block
with a projection, or shoulder, near the upper end, so that it can rest against a spar without jamming
the rope. Shoulder clapper, one who claps another on the shoulder, or who uses great familiarity.
[Obs.] Shak. Shoulder girdle. (Anat.) See Pectoral girdle, under Pectoral. Shoulder knot,
an ornamental knot of ribbon or lace worn on the shoulder; a kind of epaulet or braided ornament worn
as part of a military uniform. Shoulder-of-mutton sail (Naut.), a triangular sail carried on a boat's
mast; so called from its shape. Shoulder slip, dislocation of the shoulder, or of the humerous.
Swift. Shoulder strap, a strap worn on or over the shoulder. Specifically (Mil. & Naval), a narrow
strap worn on the shoulder of a commissioned officer, indicating, by a suitable device, the rank he holds
in the service. See Illust. in App.
(Shoul"der) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shouldered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shouldering.]
1. To push or thrust with the shoulder; to push with violence; to jostle.
As they the earth would shoulder from her seat.Spenser.
Around her numberless the rabble flowed,Rowe.
Shouldering each other, crowding for a view.