Meaning of MUSCLE in English


Pronunciation: ' m ə -s ə l

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin musculus, from diminutive of mus mouse ― more at MOUSE

Date: 14th century

1 a : a body tissue consisting of long cells that contract when stimulated and produce motion b : an organ that is essentially a mass of muscle tissue attached at either end to a fixed point and that by contracting moves or checks the movement of a body part

2 a : muscular strength : BRAWN b : effective strength : POWER <political muscle >

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