Meaning of MUSCLE in English

MUSCLE

/ ˈmʌsl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

[ C , U ] a piece of body tissue that you contract and relax in order to move a particular part of the body; the tissue that forms the muscles of the body :

a calf / neck / thigh muscle

to pull / tear / strain a muscle

This exercise will work the muscles of the lower back.

He didn't move a muscle (= stood completely still) .

2.

[ U ] physical strength :

He's an intelligent player but lacks the muscle of older competitors.

3.

[ U ] the power and influence to make others do what you want :

to exercise political / industrial / financial muscle

►  muscled adjective :

heavily muscled shoulders

IDIOMS

see flex verb

■ verb

PHRASAL VERBS

- muscle in (on sb/sth)

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from French , from Latin musculus , diminutive of mus mouse (some muscles being thought to be mouse-like in form).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.