muscular

adjective
mus·​cu·​lar | \ ˈmə-skyə-lər How to pronounce muscular (audio) \

Definition of muscular

1a : of, relating to, or constituting muscle
b : of, relating to, or performed by the muscles
2 : having well-developed musculature
3a : of or relating to physical strength : brawny
b : having strength of expression or character : vigorous muscular prose
c : characterized by forcefulness or resolve muscular foreign policy
d : full-bodied muscular wines

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Other Words from muscular

muscularity \ ˌmə-​skyə-​ˈla-​rə-​tē How to pronounce muscularity (audio) , -​ˈler-​ə-​tē \ noun
muscularly \ ˈməs-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce muscularly (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of muscular in a Sentence

He has a muscular physique. His legs are very muscular.
Recent Examples on the Web Brock was a muscular, line-drive hitter who eschewed walks and drag bunts, unusual for a speedy base-stealer. Nathan Wurtzel, Washington Examiner, "Lou Brock, 1939-2020," 10 Sep. 2020 This dinosaur’s muscular body stretched as long as 40 feet—about the size of a school bus—from its snout to the tip of its powerful tail. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Why Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the fiercest predators of all time," 9 Sep. 2020 The degree to which these reactionary impulses can influence decision-making—even in the face of logical, factual information—is indication of how strong these implicit biases are, how muscular this inequity is. Jennifer Tsai, Scientific American, "COVID-19’s Disparate Impacts Are Not a Story about Race," 8 Sep. 2020 Exercise, obviously, is a type of physical activity, structured to improve flexibility, balance and speed, along with cardio and muscular fitness. Arthur L. Weltman, The Conversation, "If sitting at a desk all day is bad during coronavirus, could I lie down to work instead?," 4 Sep. 2020 The British government is now taking a more muscular stance with Scotland. Max Colchester, WSJ, "As Scottish Independence Calls Grow, U.K. Trumpets Virtues of Unity," 31 Aug. 2020 At 6 feet 2 and 210 pounds, Smith is muscular, yet lean and those long arms and torso create the prototypical cornerback body. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Versatility could make Ravens veteran Jimmy Smith an impact player | COMMENTARY," 9 Sep. 2020 Freelance writer and disability activist Melissa Blake, who was born with a genetic bone and muscular disorder called Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, saw her photo was being used as part of the TikTok challenge. Korin Miller, Health.com, "TikTok's 'New Teacher Challenge' Is a Cruel Disability Prank That's Harmful to Everyone Involved—Here's Why," 31 Aug. 2020 But a small proportion, 4-5%, exhibited serious symptoms, including extreme muscular pain, high fever and delirium. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Among the Last in An Iron Lung," 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of muscular

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of muscular was in 1670

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14 Sep 2020

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“Muscular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muscular. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for muscular

muscular

adjective
How to pronounce muscular (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of muscular

: of or relating to muscles
: having large and strong muscles

muscular

adjective
mus·​cu·​lar | \ ˈmə-skyə-lər How to pronounce muscular (audio) \

Kids Definition of muscular

1 : of, relating to, or done by the muscles muscular strength muscular activity
2 : having large and strong muscles muscular legs a muscular athlete

muscular

adjective
mus·​cu·​lar | \ ˈməs-kyə-lər How to pronounce muscular (audio) \

Medical Definition of muscular

1a : of, relating to, or constituting muscle
b : of, relating to, or performed by the muscles
2 : having well-developed musculature

Other Words from muscular

muscularly \ ˈməs-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce muscularly (audio) \ adverb

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