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 But the bigger, more muscular third-year guard who still has a chip on his suddenly-massive shoulders after living in the weight room over the last six months. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers back at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for first time since March, looking to capitalize on voluntary team workouts," 23 Sep. 2020 Physical conditioning will help strengthen the dogs' respiratory, cardiovascular and muscular systems. Brian Lynn, Field & Stream, "How to Keep Your Dog Hunting All-season Long," 21 Sep. 2020 The committee reviews evidence to determine which diseases and conditions—including a variety of cancers, traumatic injuries, neurological and muscular disorders and mental health issues—will be covered by the WTC Health Program, Larrañaga said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Bay Area briefs: Online event showcases UHCL’s public art," 17 Sep. 2020 The man has been described as White, in his 20s or 30s, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with black hair in a military style cut, and a slim, muscular build. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside police seeking suspect in sexual assault, string of indecent exposure incidents," 16 Sep. 2020 As the full emissions toll of extraction has come into sharper view and the climate crisis has grown more unavoidable, those attitudes have changed amidst demands from an increasingly muscular climate and anti-corporate movement. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Biden Adviser Who Gives Climate Activists Nightmares," 15 Sep. 2020 If Kyler Murray gets blindsided by a particularly nasty hit in the pocket this season, keep your eyes on how the nimble, and newly more muscular, 5-foot-10 quarterback reacts, rolls and recovers should he get pancaked. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Kyler Murray plans to cut sack total in half, stay healthy though range of motion training," 13 Sep. 2020 Texels are known for their muscular build and lean meat, Insider reported. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Is the World’s Most Expensive Sheep — and It Just Sold for Almost Half a Million Dollars," 31 Aug. 2020 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

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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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26 Sep 2020

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“Muscular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/muscular. Accessed 27 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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