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muscle

mus·cle

muscle

 
 
pronunciation:
muh sl
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: body tissue that controls movement of body parts by tightening and relaxing.
Muscle weighs more than fat.If you don't exercise, you will lose muscle.
similar words:
lean, tissue
definition 2: an organ composed of a mass of such tissue.
My muscles are sore from lifting those boxes yesterday.This machine works the muscles in your shoulders and upper back.
 
similar words:
biceps, brawn, flexor, pectorals, tensor, thews, triceps
definition 3: physical strength.
It took an incredible amount of muscle to erect these statues.
synonyms:
brawn, force, might, sinew, strength, vigor
similar words:
beef, elbow grease, endurance, main, power, puissance, stamina, thews
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: muscled, muscles, muscling
definition: (informal) to force one's way.
She had to muscle through the crowd to get to the door.
synonyms:
elbow, squeeze
similar words:
butt, drive, push, shoulder, shove
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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