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English noun: muscle

1. muscle (body) one of the contractile organs of the body


Broader (hypernym)contractile organ, contractor

Narrower (hyponym)anatomical sphincter, antagonistic muscle, eye muscle, involuntary muscle, levator, ocular muscle, pronator, rectus, skeletal muscle, smooth muscle, sphincter, sphincter muscle, striated muscle, supinator, tensor

Part holonymmuscle cell, muscle fiber, muscle fibre

2. muscle (body) animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells

Synonymsmuscular tissue

Broader (hypernym)animal tissue

Narrower (hyponym)cardiac muscle, heart muscle, smooth muscle, striated muscle tissue

Part meronymmuscle system, muscular structure, musculature

Domain category memberstone, tonicity, tonus

3. muscle (person) a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard

SamplesThe drug lord had his muscleman to protect him.


Broader (hypernym)bully, hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, tough, yob, yobbo, yobo

4. muscle (attribute) authority or power or force (especially when used in a coercive way)

SamplesThe senators used their muscle to get the party leader to resign.

Broader (hypernym)authorisation, authority, authorization, dominance, potency, say-so

5. muscle (attribute) possessing muscular strength

Synonymsbrawn, brawniness, heftiness, muscularity, sinew

Broader (hypernym)strength

English verb: muscle

1. muscle (motion) make one's way by force

SamplesHe muscled his way into the office.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go across, go through, pass

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