Meaning of MUSCLE in English

■ noun

1》 a band of fibrous tissue in the body that has the ability to contract, producing movement in or maintaining the position of a part of the body.

2》 physical power.

↘political or economic power.

■ verb informal

1》 ( ~ in/into ) force one's way into (another's affairs).

2》 chiefly N. Amer. move (an object) by use of physical strength.


-~d adjective

~less adjective

muscly adjective ( musclier , muscliest ).


ME: from Fr., from L. musculus , dimin. of mus 'mouse' (some ~s being thought to be mouse-like in form).

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