muscle

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From Middle French muscle, from Latin mūsculus(a muscle, literally little mouse) because of the mouselike appearance of some muscles, from mūs(mouse). Cognate with Old English mūs(mouse", also "muscle). More at mouse.

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muscle ‎(countable and uncountable, 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.
  3. (uncountable, chiefly in the plural) A well-developed physique, in which the muscles are enlarged from exercise.
    • 2008, Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in Nate Green, Built for Show, page xii
      The fact that I was middle-aged, bald, married, and raising girls instead of chasing them didn't really bother me. Muscles are cool at any age.
  4. (uncountable, figuratively) Strength, force.
    • 2010, Adam Quinn, US Foreign Policy in Context, page 81
      The lesson to be drawn from the events of 1914, to Roosevelt's mind, was that civilization needed muscle to defend it, not just solemn words.
    • 2013, John D. MacDonald, The Long Lavender Look, page 15
      It was going to take muscle to pluck Miss Agnes out of the canal.
  5. (uncountable, figuratively) 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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muscle ‎(third-person singular simple present muscles, present participle muscling, simple past and past participle muscled)

  1. To use force to make progress, especially physical force.
    He muscled his way through the crowd.
    • 1988, Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", Ironman 47 (6): 28-34.
      Hensel and Wilson hit a series of leg shots simultaneously as Christian muscles between them with Quinn right on his heels.

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muscle m ‎(plural muscles)

  1. shoulder

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From Middle French muscle, from Latin mūsculus(a muscle, literally little mouse). See also the inherited moule.

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muscle m ‎(plural muscles)

  1. muscle (contractile tissue, strength)

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muscle

  1. first-person singular present indicative of muscler
  2. third-person singular present indicative of muscler
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of muscler
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of muscler
  5. second-person singular imperative of muscler

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muscle m (plural muscles)

  1. (anatomy) muscle

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin mūsculus(a muscle, literally little mouse), from Ancient Greek μῦς(mûs, mouse, muscle, mussel).

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muscle m ‎(plural muscles)

  1. (anatomy) muscle