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definition of the word muscle

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From French muscle, from Latin mūsculus (little mouse), because of the mouselike appearance of some muscles.



muscle (plural muscles)

  1. (uncountable) A contractile form of tissue which animals use to effect movement.
    Muscle consists largely of actin and myosin filaments.
  2. (countable) An organ composed of muscle tissue.
    The muscles in his legs strained under the load.
  3. (uncountable, figuratively) Strength.
    It took a lot of muscle to move the boulders.
  4. (uncountable) Hired strongmen or bodyguards.
    • 1985Lance Parkin, The Infinity Doctors, p 34
      It was easy enough to dodge him, let him crash into the floorboards. Peltroc knew that his priority was the leader, not the hired muscle.

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