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Definitions of muscle

  1. muscular strength
  2. make one's way by force; " He muscled his way into the office"
  3. animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells
  4. one of the contractile organs of the body
  5. authority or power or force ( especially when used in a coercive way); " the senators used their muscle to get the party leader to resign"
  6. a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard; " the druglord had his muscleman to protect him"
  7. An organ which, by its contraction, produces motion.
  8. The contractile tissue of which muscles are largely made up.
  9. Muscular strength or development; as, to show one's muscle by lifting a heavy weight.
  10. See Mussel.
  11. Contractile tissue that produces movement in animals.
  12. An organ of fiberlike tissue which is capable of being contracted and expanded, thus producing movement in an animal body; colloquially, the strength of such organs.
  13. One of the contractile organs of the body by which the movements of the various organs and parts are effected. The typical muscle is a mass of fleshy tissue ( venter or belly), attached at each extremity, by means of a tendon, to a bone or other structure; the narrowing part of the belly which is attached to the tendon of origin or insertion is called the caput or head; the points of attachment of a muscle are called its origin and insertion, the attachment to the more movable part of the skeleton or to the part which is moved by contraction of the muscle being the insertion, the other the origin. The individual muscles are defined under musculus.
  14. Fibrous bundles of flesh by which movements of the body are accomplished.
  15. The fleshy parts of an animal body by which it moves.
  16. Contractile fleshy tissue of animals.
  17. Contractile tissue, by which bodily movement is effected.
  18. Same as MUSSEL.
  19. A deep red, vascular, and highly contractile organ, consisting of fibres, or bundles of fibres, inclosed in a thin cellular membrane, by which the movements in the animal body are effected; a mussel.
  20. One of the organs of motion in the body- the muscles form the red fleshy portions of land animals; a shell- fish.
  21. A mass of contractile fibres with motorial function; the fleshy part of the body, composed of muscular tissue.
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Usage examples for muscle

  1. His were the arms whose muscle was celebrated in the newspapers. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. In order to develop his muscle and become strong, he had trained himself from a boy, and had practiced carrying burdens until he could lift more than any other man of his time. – The Story of the Greeks by H. A. Guerber
  3. A friend of mine found an Australian in the trenches in those days, standing in mud nearly to his waist, shivering in his arms and every body muscle leaning back against the trench side, fast asleep. – Letters from France by C. E. W. Bean
  4. It's not the muscle and the bones, it's the grit. – The Emigrant Trail by Geraldine Bonner
  5. It makes your arm awful tired but it's good for the muscle – Mary Rose of Mifflin by Frances R. Sterrett
  6. Without stirring a muscle I began to make low, soft, little sounds to him- very low and very caressing indeed- softer than one makes to a baby. – My Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  7. However, pulling is a matter of weight rather than muscle – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  8. It was a mental gymnasium in which moral muscle got strength. – My Lady of the Chimney Corner by Alexander Irvine
  9. It was man's work you did there to- day for the sake of my girl and her good name- I only wish her father had the muscle to do as much for her." – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  10. I can feel the sharp ends of the splintered bones cut me everytime I breathe, or move a muscle – Polly and Her Friends Abroad by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  11. Why should they start using muscle methods now?" – The Electronic Mind Reader by John Blaine
  12. What a lot of money he must have, why, not a muscle of his face had moved. – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  13. " Perfectly," answered the Duke, without moving a muscle – In the Courts of Memory 1858-1875. by L. de Hegermann-Lindencrone
  14. Each muscle and each nerve had its own peculiar ecstasy. –  by
  15. Not a muscle of her face moved. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  16. All the time I talked to him I didn't see a muscle move in his face, Jethro continued, so I started in again, and he looked- looked- looked right at me. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  17. Frog muscle suspension alone, or oxyluciferin alone, give no light with luciferase, nor will a mixture of frog muscle suspension and oxyluciferin, if shaken with air for several hours. – The Nature of Animal Light by E. Newton Harvey
  18. Some time after the dinner hour Nathalie, tired, hot, hungry, and every muscle aching from weariness, arrived at the camp. – Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer by Rena I. Halsey
  19. Mercy did not move a muscle but stood ready for the blow. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  20. Excited, lifted beyond himself, he was watching the Englishman thread a way between the tables- watching the woman thrill to his approach without lifting an eyelid, moving a muscle – Max by Katherine Cecil Thurston
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