Definitions for MUSCLEˈmʌs əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mus•cleˈmʌs əl(n.; v.)-cled, -cling.

  1. (n.)a tissue composed of elongated cells, the contraction of which produces movement in the body.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. a specific bundle of such tissue.

    Category: Anatomy

  3. muscular strength; brawn.

  4. power or force, esp. of a coercive nature:

    They put muscle into their policy and sent the marines.

  5. (v.i.)Informal. to make one's way by force or fraud (often fol. by in or into).

    Category: Informal

  6. (v.t.)Informal. to push or move by force or strength:

    to muscle a bill through Congress.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of muscle:

1525–35; < L mūsculus lit., little mouse (from resemblance to some muscles) =mūsmouse+-culus -cle1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. muscle, musculus(noun)

    one of the contractile organs of the body

  2. muscle, muscular tissue(noun)

    animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells

  3. muscleman, muscle(noun)

    a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard

    "the drug lord had his muscleman to protect him"

  4. muscle(noun)

    authority or power or force (especially when used in a coercive way)

    "the senators used their muscle to get the party leader to resign"

  5. brawn, brawniness, muscle, muscularity, sinew, heftiness(verb)

    possessing muscular strength

  6. muscle(verb)

    make one's way by force

    "He muscled his way into the office"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. muscle(noun)ˈmʌs əl

    the strong fibers that connect to bones and cause the body to move

    the strong muscles in your legs

  2. muscleˈmʌs əl

    to injure a muscle

    He pulled a muscle in his back.

  3. muscleˈmʌs əl

    great power and influence

    a Senator with the muscle to make things happen in Washington, D.C.


  1. muscle(Noun)

    A contractile form of tissue which animals use to effect movement.

    Muscle consists largely of actin and myosin filaments.

  2. muscle(Noun)

    An organ composed of muscle tissue.

    The muscles in his legs strained under the load.

  3. muscle(Noun)


    It took a lot of muscle to move the boulders.

  4. muscle(Noun)

    Hired strongmen or bodyguards.

  5. muscle(Verb)

    To use force to make progress, especially physical force.

    He muscled his way through the crowd.

  6. Origin: From muscle, from musculus, because of the mouselike appearance of some muscles, from μῦς. Cognate with mus. More at mouse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Muscle(noun)

    an organ which, by its contraction, produces motion

  2. Muscle(noun)

    the contractile tissue of which muscles are largely made up

  3. Muscle(noun)

    muscular strength or development; as, to show one's muscle by lifting a heavy weight

  4. Muscle(noun)

    see Mussel


  1. Muscle

    Muscle is a soft tissue found in most animals. Muscle cells contain protein filaments that slide past one another, producing a contraction that changes both the length and the shape of the cell. Muscles function to produce force and motion. They are primarily responsible for maintenance of and changes in posture, locomotion of the organism itself, as well as movement of internal organs, such as the contraction of the heart and movement of food through the digestive system via peristalsis. Muscle tissues are derived from the mesodermal layer of embryonic germ cells in a process known as myogenesis. There are three types of muscle; classified as skeletal, cardiac, or smooth muscles. These types of muscles are split down into two more different classifications: voluntary and involuntary. Cardiac and smooth muscle contraction muscles occur without conscious thought and are thought to be essential for survival. Muscles are predominantly powered by the oxidation of fats and carbohydrates, but anaerobic chemical reactions are also used, particularly by fast twitch fibers. These chemical reactions produce adenosine triphosphate molecules which are used to power the movement of the myosin heads.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MUSCLE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4156

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MUSCLE' in Nouns Frequency: #1156

Translations for MUSCLE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any of the bundles of fibres in the body which, by contracting or relaxing, cause movement of the body

He has well-developed muscles in his arms.

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