Meaning of MUSCLE in English

I. ˈmə-səl noun

Usage: often attributive

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

Date: 14th century


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


a. : muscular strength : brawn

b. : effective strength : power

political muscle

II. verb

( mus·cled ; mus·cling ˈmə-s(ə-)liŋ)

Date: 1913

transitive verb

: to move or force by or as if by muscular effort

muscled him out of office

intransitive verb

: to make one's way by brute strength or by force

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.