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musclenoun

uk   /ˈmʌs.əl/  us   /ˈmʌs.əl/
  • muscle noun (BODY PART)

B2 [C or U] one of many ​tissues in the ​body that can ​tighten and ​relax to ​producemovement: neck/back/​leg/​stomach muscles facial muscles bulging/​rippling (= ​large and ​clear to ​see) muscles He flexed his muscles (= ​tightened them to make them ​looklarge and ​strong) so that everyone could ​admire them. These ​exercisesbuild muscle and ​increasestamina. a muscle spasm (= a ​suddenuncontrollabletighteningmovement)
pull a muscle
C1 to ​injure a muscle by ​stretching it too ​far so that it is very ​painful: Russell ​pulled a back muscle early in the ​game.

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(Definition of muscle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"muscle" in American English

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musclenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈmʌs·əl/
biology a ​mass of ​tissue in the ​body, often ​attached to ​bones, that can ​tighten and ​relax to ​producemovement
Muscle is also the ​power to do things or to make ​peoplebehave in a ​certain way: [U] Republicans are ​flexing some ​political muscle.

muscleverb [always + adv/prep]

 us   /ˈmʌs·əl/
to ​forceyour way into a ​place or ​situation: [T] Starks muscled his way to the ​basket. [I] Amanda muscled in on ​ourmeeting.
(Definition of muscle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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musclenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈmʌsl/ informal
the ​power to do difficult things or to make ​peoplebehave in a ​certain way: We do have the financial muscle to ​competeeffectively in this ​market.
(Definition of muscle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “muscle”
in Korean 근육…
in Arabic عَضَلة…
in Malaysian otot…
in French muscle…
in Russian мышца, мускул, влияние…
in Chinese (Traditional) 身體部分, 肌肉…
in Italian muscolo…
in Turkish kas, adele, güç…
in Polish mięsień, wpływy…
in Spanish músculo…
in Vietnamese cơ bắp…
in Portuguese músculo…
in Thai กล้ามเนื้อ…
in German der Muskel…
in Catalan múscul…
in Japanese 筋肉…
in Chinese (Simplified) 身体部份, 肌肉…
in Indonesian otot…
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