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muscle

mus·cle

muscle

 
 
pronunciation:
muh sl
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: tissue in the body of animals and humans that moves parts of the body. Muscle is made up of bundles of fibers that move the body by tightening and relaxing.
When I was younger, I had more muscle and less fat on my body.
similar words:
tissue
definition 2: a mass of such tissue that moves a particular part of the body.
The biceps is a muscle at the front of the upper arm that bends the elbow.
 
similar words:
biceps
definition 3: physical strength.
It took a lot of muscle for them to move that piano upstairs.
synonyms:
force, strength, vigor
similar words:
beef, endurance, power, stamina
Homophone Note
The words muscle and mussel (a mollusk) sound alike but have different meanings.
Word History
Muscle comes from a Latin word that means "little mouse." Some muscles in the arm and leg look like a mouse moving under the skin.
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