What does muscle mean?

Definitions for muscle
ˈmʌs əlmus·cle

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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"

GCIDE

  1. Muscle(n.)

    An essential part of something; as, budget cuts have gone beyond the fat and are cutting into the muscle of the government.

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. musculus a muscle, a little mouse, dim. of mus a mouse. See Mouse, and cf. sense 3 (below).]

  2. muscle(v. t.)

    To compel by threat of force; as, they muscled the shopkeeper into paying protection money.

  3. muscle(v. t.)

    To moved by human force; as, to muscle the piano onto the truck.

Wiktionary

  1. muscle(Noun)

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

    Muscle consists largely of actin and myosin filaments.

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

  2. muscle(Noun)

    An organ composed of muscle tissue.

    The muscles in his legs strained under the load.

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

  3. muscle(Noun)

    Strength.

    It took a lot of muscle to move the boulders.

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

  4. muscle(Noun)

    Hired strongmen or bodyguards.

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

  5. muscle(Verb)

    To use force to make progress, especially physical force.

    He muscled his way through the crowd.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. musculus a muscle, a little mouse, dim. of mus a mouse. See Mouse, and cf. sense 3 (below).]

  2. Muscle(noun)

    the contractile tissue of which muscles are largely made up

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. musculus a muscle, a little mouse, dim. of mus a mouse. See Mouse, and cf. sense 3 (below).]

  3. Muscle(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. musculus a muscle, a little mouse, dim. of mus a mouse. See Mouse, and cf. sense 3 (below).]

  4. Muscle(noun)

    see Mussel

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. musculus a muscle, a little mouse, dim. of mus a mouse. See Mouse, and cf. sense 3 (below).]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Muscle

    mus′l, n. an animal tissue consisting of bundles of fibres through whose contractility bodily movement is effected, the fibres of the voluntary muscles being striped, those of the involuntary (of intestinal canal, blood-vessels, and of skin) unstriped.—adj. Mus′cled, supplied with muscles.—ns. Mus′cle-read′ing, the interpretation of slight involuntary muscular movements; Mus′cling, the delineation of muscles, as in a picture; Musculā′tion, the arrangement of muscles of a body; Musculos′ity.—adj. Mus′culous, pertaining to muscle: full of muscles, strong. [Fr.,—L. musculus, dim. of mus, a mouse, a muscle.]

Editors Contribution

  1. muscle

    A type of organ and matter within the body of an animal or human being.

    Muscles are a vital part of the human body.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 29, 2020  

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

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How to say muscle in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of muscle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of muscle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of muscle in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Costello:

    There is not enough evidence to say whether cryotherapy is effective or is not effective for athletic recovery and muscle soreness.

  2. John Crowley:

    What the enzyme is designed to do is to replace the enzyme that's missing or defective in people with Pompe, it's designed to get to muscle cells, including the heart, which is a cardiac muscle, to get to the diaphragm, which is involved of course in breathing, and restore muscle function as best as it can.

  3. Anil Verma:

    Parties only think about winnability and they know that money power and muscle power of such candidates ensures that win.

  4. Dick Pound:

    I'm not sure they( WADA) realized they had the muscle until we got our teeth into some reliable evidence and followed up on it and came out with a report with recommendations, maybe that's the new WADA. Maybe we could have gotten there sooner if we had known how to deal with the kind of information that was coming from whistle blowers.

  5. Julie Cote:

    We found in terms of muscle activity there were patterns that seemed to be healthier in the neck and shoulder while people were walking.

Images & Illustrations of muscle

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