muscle memory


: the ability to repeat a specific muscular movement with improved efficiency and accuracy that is acquired through practice and repetition
They practice their routines with mind-numbing repetitiveness, for hours and days, weeks and years, so that each spinning, twisting landing off the high bar becomes an act of muscle memory.E. M. Swift

Examples of muscle memory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Astros, though, have more muscle memory of winning on which to fall back than the Mets do. Mike Lupica, New York Daily News, 29 June 2024 Put simply: Gaza should shock Washington out of the muscle memory that guides too many of its actions. Ben Rhodes, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 The lack of a traditional function row throws off my muscle memory. Joanna Nelius, The Verge, 14 June 2024 Much of the muscle memory of interagency debates, bargaining, and communicating has been lost and needs to be reconstructed. Evan Medeiros, Foreign Affairs, 17 Mar. 2021 See all Example Sentences for muscle memory 

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of muscle memory was in 1890

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“Muscle memory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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