\ ˈpek How to pronounce pec (audio) \
plural pecs\ ˈpeks How to pronounce pecs (audio) \

Definition of pec

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a muscle connecting the ventral walls of the chest with the bones of the upper arm and shoulder : pectoral muscle usually pluralHis muscular pecs and biceps were vestiges of his short, happy life as a pro triathlete.— Austin MurphyHunky Patrick Swayze got to flex his pecs as a surfer in Point Break— Jim HarwoodIn this totally enjoyable film, Schwarzenegger is witty, charming, subtle, tough and most impressive—a Cary Grant with pecs.— Ralph Novak


geographical name
\ ˈpech How to pronounce Peć (audio) \
variants: or Pejë \ ˈpā-​ə How to pronounce Pejë (audio) \

Definition of Peć (Entry 2 of 2)

town in western Kosovo that was the seat of the patriarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Middle Ages population 49,000

Examples of pec in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Bears, who are waiting on word about the status of left guard James Daniels' pec injury, also need to regroup on their run game after a rough five days. Colleen Kane,, "Despite the Chicago Bears’ 4-1 record and rare win over Tom Brady, Matt Nagy gets testy about his team’s offensive woes: ‘You better be freaking detailed’," 9 Oct. 2020 Now for a technical question: When does a pec become a man-tiddie? Natalie Morin,, "K-Pop’s Big Tiddie Gang: The Meme That Became A Movement," 2 Oct. 2020 The man who will be pushing Williams for the left guard spot is much more of a mystery, as McGovern missed his entire rookie year because of a pec injury. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 Cowboys in danger of losing their starting jobs, including an inconsistent nose tackle," 1 June 2020 Men are going toe-to-toe in form-fitting ensembles, plus such accessories as chest rigs from ASRV Sportswear—strap-on pec packs to hold phones, keys and other survival gear. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "Pull-Ups, Sit-Ups Don’t Hurt as Much as These High-Fashion Gym Get-Ups," 2 Feb. 2020 The 2019 third-round pick did not suit up as a rookie following a pectoral injury in the spring and another pec injury in August during training camp. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys G Connor McGovern made the most of a rookie season spent rehabbing from pectoral injuries," 10 Jan. 2020 The injury could be as serious as the one defensive tackle Cam Heyward suffered in 2016, when a torn pec sent him to injured reserve. San Diego Union-Tribune, "After West Coast win, Steelers ride depth, momentum into bye," 14 Oct. 2019 Sometimes loss of arm function and range of motion can be due to the fact that the surgeon had to remove part of your pec muscles. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "13 Facts to Know If You're Considering a Double Mastectomy," 25 Sep. 2019 Suddenly, a traditional button-up seems stuffy and snoozy—a pec-enhancing top makes the business attire feel youthful and fresh. Vogue, "Shia LaBeouf Upgrades a Classic Suit With a Skin-Tight Tee," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pec


1944, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2020

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“Pec.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of pec

: pectoralis usually used in plural

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