muscle - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
noun 

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/ˈmʌs(ə)l/
singularmuscle
pluralmuscles
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a piece of flesh that connects one bone to another and is used for moving a particular part of your body

    These exercises are good for your stomach muscles.

    pull a muscle (=injure a muscle):

    He limped out of the game after pulling a muscle .

    1. a.
      [countable] one of the big lumps that you can see on someone’s arms, legs, chest etc that show that they are strong, especially because they do a lot of exercise
  2. 2
    [uncountable] physical strength

    It’s going to take a lot of muscle to lift the fridge.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] informal men who are employed by someone to protect them or who use force to make other people obey them