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"muscle" in British English

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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 produce movement: neck/back/leg/stomach muscles facial muscles bulging/rippling (= large and clear to see) muscles He flexed his muscles (= tightened them to make them look large and strong) so that everyone could admire them. These exercises build muscle and increase stamina. a muscle spasm (= a sudden uncontrollable tightening movement)
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 produce movement
Muscle is also the power to do things or to make people behave in a certain way: [U] Republicans are flexing some political muscle.

muscleverb [always + adv/prep]

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

"muscle" in Business English

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musclenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈmʌsl/ informal
the power to do difficult things or to make people behave in a certain way: We do have the financial muscle to compete effectively 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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