from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of shoulder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of pushing or crowding with the shoulder or shoulders.
  • n. A shoulder; a sloping projection or bank.
  • n. In slating, a bed of haired lime placed beneath the upper edge of the smaller and thicker sorts of slates, to raise them and aid in making the joints water-tight.


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  • Reprobates and riff raff who are delinquent in shouldering their obligations to the state will find themselves here, and soon.

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  • We have been willing to do our share in shouldering the post-war responsibilities which membership in a "one-world" system entails, as we believe.

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  • The next morning Durgin put the tool back in its place, not knowing what other disposition to make of it, and it was then that the idea of shouldering the crime upon you entered his wicked heart.

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  • For example, costs get externalized if a toy factory's manufacturing process puts toxic chemicals in the groundwater, and the neighbors get stuck paying for part of the toy making process -- by shouldering lowered property value, experiencing illness, or getting stuck with the bill for cleaning up the mess.

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  • Thanks to their vision for the High Line and other projects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the firm Ms. Diller founded with her fellow architect and husband Ricardo Scofidio, is shouldering a new spate of high-profile jobs.

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  • Cnooc also will spend an additional up to $1.08 billion shouldering drilling and other costs for developing the 600,000-acre Eagle Ford share assets.

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  • They accuse her of being ungrateful when she complains about shouldering all the family burdens while I 'm traveling abroad.

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  • Drafted, he served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970, shouldering a 60mm mortar whose pet name was Gertrude.

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  • Featured in the exhibition is a painting of Hotei asking "What is the sound of one hand?" along with 17 other depictions of the bumbling monk as everyman: sleeping, meditating, riding in a boat, shouldering a large mallet, and -- most unusual of all -- floating as a kite in mid-air.

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  • I noticed the three strange ones, shouldering together and standing apart from the others as they swayed to the lazy roll and dreamed with their pale, topaz eyes.



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  • This is what one might be doing to earth crumbs. Shouldering them.

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