Meaning of MUSCLE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ mʌs(ə)l ]

( muscles, muscling, muscled)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A muscle is a piece of tissue inside your body which connects two bones and which you use when you make a movement.

Keeping your muscles strong and in tone helps you to avoid back problems...

He is suffering from a strained thigh muscle...



If you say that someone has muscle , you mean that they have power and influence, which enables them to do difficult things.

Eisenhower used his muscle to persuade Congress to change the law...

= clout



If a group, organization, or country flexes its muscles , it does something to impress or frighten people, in order to show them that it has power and is considering using it.

The Fair Trade Commission has of late been flexing its muscles, cracking down on cases of corruption.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that someone did not move a muscle , you mean that they stayed absolutely still.

He stood without moving a muscle, unable to believe what his eyes saw so plainly.

PHRASE : V inflects , with brd-neg

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