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English noun: muscle

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


Synonymsmusculus


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.


Synonymsmuscleman


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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