from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two large flat triangular muscles running from the base of the occiput to the middle of the back that support and make it possible to raise the head and shoulders.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large vertebrate skeletal muscle divided into an ascending, descending, and transverse portion, attaching the neck and central spine to the outer extremity of the scapula; it functions in scapular elevation, adduction, and depression.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large superficial muscle of the back of the neck and adjacent parts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. either of two flat triangular muscles of the shoulder and upper back that are involved in moving the shoulders and arms
 The muscle of the back, called the trapezius, is an example of this.
LB Trevor Scott missed the final three practices with a trapezius pull.
Cheryl Anne released me after a few more minutes and told me my trapezius muscles were tight.
I search for corrugations in the trapezius muscles between her shoulder blades and rub them flat with my thumbs.
He would wink uncontrollably and move his neck restlessly, flexing his trapezius muscles.
Trust me, as a result I have some wicked tight trapezius muscles!
Feel the stretch in the muscle that connects your neck and shoulders (the trapezius).
Works upper back muscles trapezius, latissimus dorsi
That oblique style is particularly well suited here, where Portman's carriage and posture express so much, not to mention an impressively sculpted trapezius.
“Yeah,” he murmured, his fingers moving to her shoulders, manipulating the trapezius muscles, searching for and destroying knots of tension, gently but firmly.
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