Meaning of MUSCLE in English

MUSCLE

n. & v.

--n.

1. a fibrous tissue with the ability to contract, producing movement in or maintaining the position of an animal body.

2 the part of an animal body that is composed of muscles.

3 physical power or strength.

--v.intr. (usu. foll. by in) colloq. force oneself on others; intrude by forceful means.

Phrases and idioms:

muscle-bound with muscles stiff and inelastic through excessive exercise or training. muscle-man a man with highly developed muscles, esp. one employed as an intimidator. not move a muscle be completely motionless.

Derivatives:

muscled adj. (usu. in comb.). muscleless adj. muscly adj.

Etymology: F f. L musculus dimin. of mus mouse, from the fancied mouselike form of some muscles

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.