- To muscle is to move with force.
- An example of muscle is the abdominals.
- An example of muscle is the heart.
- To muscle is defined as to move with force.
An example of muscle is to force yourself into a group discussion and change the topics being discussed.
- any of the body organs consisting of bundles of cells or fibers that can be contracted and expanded to produce bodily movements
- the tissue making up such an organ
- muscular strength; brawn
- ☆ Informal power or influence, esp. when based on force or threats of force
Origin of muscleFrench ; from Classical Latin musculus, a muscle, literally , little mouse (from the fancied resemblance between the movements of a mouse and muscle), diminutive of mus, mouse
intransitive verbmuscled, muscling
- to move (something) by, or as by, muscular exertion
- to influence, pressure, etc. by force or threat of force
- A tissue composed of fibers capable of contracting to effect bodily movement.
- A contractile organ consisting of a special bundle of muscle tissue, which moves a particular bone, part, or substance of the body: the heart muscle; the muscles of the arm.
- Muscular strength: enough muscle to be a high jumper.
- Informal Power or authority: put some muscle into law enforcement.
verbmus·cled, mus·cling, mus·cles
Origin of muscleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin mūsculus, diminutive of mūs, mouse; see mūs- in Indo-European roots.
- (uncountable) A contractile form of tissue which animals use to effect movement.
- Muscle consists largely of actin and myosin filaments.
- (countable) An organ composed of muscle tissue.
- (uncountable, usually plural) A well-developed physique, in which the muscles are enlarged from exercise.
- (uncountable, figuratively) Strength, force.
- (uncountable, figuratively) Hired strongmen or bodyguards.
(third-person singular simple present muscles, present participle muscling, simple past and past participle muscled)