Muscle meaning

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To muscle is to move with force.

An example of muscle is the abdominals.

An example of muscle is the heart.

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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.

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To make one's way by or as if by force.

Muscled into the conversation.

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Power or authority.

Put some muscle into law enforcement.

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To move or force with strength.

Muscled legislation through Congress.

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Muscular strength; brawn.
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Power or influence, esp. when based on force or threats of force.
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To make one's way or take control by sheer strength or force, or threats of force.
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To move (something) by, or as by, muscular exertion.
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To influence, pressure, etc. by force or threat of force.
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A tissue composed of fibers capable of contracting to effect bodily movement.
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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.

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A body tissue composed of sheets or bundles of cells that contract to produce movement or increase tension. Muscle cells contain filaments made of the proteins actin and myosin, which lie parallel to each other. When a muscle is signaled to contract, the actin and myosin filaments slide past each other in an overlapping pattern. &diamf3; Skeletal muscle effects voluntary movement and is made up of bundles of elongated cells (muscle fibers), each of which contains many nuclei. &diamf3; Smooth muscle provides the contractile force for the internal organs and is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Smooth muscle cells are spindle-shaped and each contains a single nucleus. &diamf3; Cardiac muscle makes up the muscle of the heart and consists of a meshwork of striated cells.
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(uncountable) A contractile form of tissue which animals use to effect movement.

Muscle consists largely of actin and myosin filaments.

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(countable) An organ composed of muscle tissue.
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(uncountable, usually plural) A well-developed physique, in which the muscles are enlarged from exercise.
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(uncountable, figuratively) Strength, force.
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(uncountable, figuratively) Hired strongmen or bodyguards.
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To use force to make progress, especially physical force.

He muscled his way through the crowd.

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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.

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A tissue composed of fibers capable of contracting to effect bodily movement.
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Muscular strength.

Enough muscle to be a high jumper.

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Origin of muscle

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin mūsculus diminutive of mūs mouse mūs- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French muscle, from Latin mÅ«sculus (“a muscle", literally “little mouse") because of the mouselike appearance of some muscles, from mÅ«s (“mouse"). Cognate with Old English mÅ«s (“mouse", also "muscle"). More at mouse.

    From Wiktionary