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Inflections of ' ' ( muscle ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) muscles v 3rd person singular muscling v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." muscled v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." muscled v past p verb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 mus•cle /ˈmʌsəl/
USA pronunciation n., v., -cled, -cling. n.
Anatomya tissue in the body made up of long cells that can contract, causing movement of the body: His leg muscles had grown weak from his stay in the hospital. [ countable ] to cut through muscle to get to the diseased organ. [ uncountable ]
muscular strength; [ uncountable ] brawn.
power or force: to put muscle into our foreign policy. [ uncountable ] v.
Informal Termsto make one's way by force: Our competitors are muscling in on our territory. [~ + in on + object ] Informal Termsto push or move by force: to muscle the car out of the ditch. [~ + object ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 mus•cle
(mus ′əl), USA pronunciation n., v., -cled, -cling, adj. n.
Anatomya tissue composed of cells or fibers, the contraction of which produces movement in the body.
Anatomyan organ, composed of muscle tissue, that contracts to produce a particular movement.
muscular strength; brawn: It will take a great deal of muscle to move this box.
power or force, esp. of a coercive nature: They put muscle into their policy and sent the marines.
a hired thug or thugs. a bodyguard or bodyguards: a gangster protected by muscle.
a necessary or fundamental thing, quality, etc.: The editor cut the muscle from the article. v.t.
Informal Termsto force or compel others to make way for: He muscled his way into the conversation.
to make more muscular: The dancing lessons muscled her legs.
to strengthen or toughen; put muscle into.
Informal Termsto accomplish by muscular force: to muscle the partition into place.
Informal Termsto force or compel, as by threats, promises, influence, or the like: to muscle a bill through Congress. v.i.
Informal Termsto make one's way by force or fraud (often fol. by in or into). adj.
Informal Terms(of a machine, engine, or vehicle) being very powerful or capable of high-speed performance: a muscle power saw.
mus ′cle•less, adj.
mus ′cly, adj.
Latin mūsculus literally, little mouse (from fancied resemblance to some muscles), equivalent. to mūs mouse + -culus - cle 1 1525–35
3. power, vigor, might, force. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
muscle / ˈmʌs/ əl n a tissue composed of bundles of elongated cells capable of contraction and relaxation to produce movement in an organ or part an organ composed of muscle tissue strength or force vb ( intr; ) often followed by in, on, etc informal to force one's way (in) Etymology: 16 th Century: from medical Latin musculus little mouse, from the imagined resemblance of some muscles to mice, from Latin mūs mouse ˈmuscly adj
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