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"


  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.

  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.


  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

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


  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.]

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

How to pronounce muscle?

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How to say muscle in sign language?

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  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. Nina Saria:

    It just felt like a muscle ache.

  2. Sonu Tanwar:

    We do not consume any muscle enhancing supplements.

  3. Harald Ott:

    The nerves need to not only grow, but re-connect to the muscle.

  4. Astronaut Scott Kelly:

    My level of muscle soreness and fatigue is worse than last time.

  5. Gina Sam:

    Potassium is an important electrolyte for proper muscle movement.

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