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1muscle

noun, mus·cle often attributive \ˈmə-səl\

: a body tissue that can contract and produce movement

: physical strength

: power and influence

Full Definition of MUSCLE

1
a :  a body tissue consisting of long cells that contract when stimulated and produce motion
b :  an organ that is essentially a mass of muscle tissue attached at either end to a fixed point and that by contracting moves or checks the movement of a body part
2
a :  muscular strength :  brawn
b :  effective strength :  power <political muscle>

Examples of MUSCLE

  1. the muscles of the arm
  2. an athlete with bulging muscles
  3. He pulled a muscle playing tennis.
  4. She has a strained muscle in her back.
  5. She started lifting weights to build muscle.
  6. She doesn't have the muscle to lift something so heavy.

Origin of MUSCLE

Middle English, from Latin musculus, from diminutive of mus mouse — more at mouse
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

Rhymes with MUSCLE

2muscle

verb

: to move (something) by using physical strength and force

: to move forward by using physical force

mus·cledmus·cling \ˈmə-s(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of MUSCLE

transitive verb
:  to move or force by or as if by muscular effort <muscled him out of office>
intransitive verb
:  to make one's way by brute strength or by force

Examples of MUSCLE

  1. They muscled the heavy boxes onto the truck.
  2. They muscled the furniture up the stairs.
  3. He muscled through the crowd.
  4. They muscled into line behind us.

First Known Use of MUSCLE

1913

Rhymes with MUSCLE

MUSCLES Defined for Kids

muscle

noun mus·cle \ˈmə-səl\

Definition of MUSCLE for Kids

1
:  a tissue of the body consisting of long cells that can contract and produce motion
2
:  an organ of the body that is a mass of muscle tissue attached at either end (as to bones) so that it can make a body part move
3
:  strength of the muscles <He doesn't have the muscle to lift that.>

Word History of MUSCLE

The English word muscle came from a Latin word musculus that means literally small mouse. The movement of the muscles under the skin probably made someone think of a lively mouse.
Medical Dictionary

muscle

noun , mus·cle often attrib \ˈməs-əl\

Medical Definition of MUSCLE

1
:  a body tissue consisting of long cells that contract when stimulated and produce motion—see cardiac muscle, smooth muscle, striated muscle
2
:  an organ that is essentially a mass of muscle tissue attached at either end to a fixed point and that by contracting moves or checks the movement of a body part—see agonist 1, antagonist a, synergist 2

Illustration of MUSCLE

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