Definition of muscle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    muscle

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌsl//
     
    Internal anatomy, Skeleton and muscles
     
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  1. 1   [countable, uncountable] a piece of body tissue that you contract and relax in order to move a particular part of the body; the tissue that forms the muscles of the body a calf/neck/thigh muscle to pull/tear/strain a muscle This exercise will work the muscles of the lower back. She tried to relax her tense muscles. He felt every muscle in his body tighten. He didn't move a muscle (= stood completely still). CollocationsInjuriesBeing injured have a fall/​an injury receive/​suffer/​sustain a serious injury/​a hairline fracture/(especially British English) whiplash/​a gunshot wound hurt/​injure your ankle/​back/​leg damage the brain/​an ankle ligament/​your liver/​the optic nerve/​the skin pull/​strain/​tear a hamstring/​ligament/​muscle/​tendon sprain/​twist your ankle/​wrist break a bone/​your collarbone/​your leg/​three ribs fracture/​crack your skull break/​chip/​knock out/​lose a tooth burst/​perforate your eardrum dislocate your finger/​hip/​jaw/​shoulder bruise/​cut/​graze your arm/​knee/​shoulder burn/​scald yourself/​your tongue bang/​bump/​hit/ (informal) bash your elbow/​head/​knee (on/​against something)Treating injuries treat somebody for burns/​a head injury/​a stab wound examine/​clean/​dress/​bandage/​treat a bullet wound repair a damaged/​torn ligament/​tendon/​cartilage amputate/​cut off an arm/​a finger/​a foot/​a leg/​a limb put on/ (formal) apply/​take off (especially North American English) a Band-Aid™/(British English) a plaster/​a bandage need/​require/​put in/ (especially British English) have (out)/ (North American English) get (out) stitches put on/​rub on/ (formal) apply cream/​ointment/​lotion have/​receive/​undergo (British English) physiotherapy/(North American English) physical therapy See related entries: Internal anatomy, Skeleton and muscles
  2. 2[uncountable] physical strength He's an intelligent player but lacks the muscle of older competitors.
  3. 3[uncountable] the power and influence to make others do what you want to exercise political/industrial/financial muscle More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from French, from Latin musculus, diminutive of mus ‘mouse’ (some muscles being thought to be mouse-like in form).Extra examples His muscles rippled beneath his T-shirt as he worked. I laughed so hard I almost pulled a muscle. I walked up and down the aisle to stretch my cramped muscles. Learn how to relax tense muscles. Lifting weights sculpts muscle. Suddenly my sore muscles protested and I let out a groan. The muscles in my face tensed. diet supplements to build muscle the muscles controlling speech production He’s an intelligent player but lacks the muscle of older competitors. I exerted every ounce of my miserable muscle power. to exercise political/​industrial/​financial muscle
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