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Muscular definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MUS'CULAR, a. [from muscle.] Pertaining to a muscle; as a muscular fiber.
1. Performed by a muscle; as muscular motion.
2. Strong; brawny; vigorous; as a muscular body or frame.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: of or relating to or consisting of muscle; "muscular contraction"
2: having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer [syn: mesomorphic, muscular] [ant: ectomorphic, endomorphic, pyknic]
3: having or suggesting great physical power or force; "the muscular and passionate Fifth Symphony"
4: (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful; "a hefty athlete"; "a muscular boxer"; "powerful arms" [syn: brawny, hefty, muscular, powerful, sinewy]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1678 1. a. of, relating to, or constituting muscle b. of, relating to, or performed by the muscles 2. having well-developed musculature 3. a. of or relating to physical strength ; brawny b. having strength of expression or character ; vigorous <muscular prose> c. characterized by forcefulness or resolve <muscular foreign policy> d. full-bodied <muscular wines> muscularity noun muscularly adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 of or affecting the muscles. 2 having well-developed muscles. Phrases and idioms: muscular Christianity a Christian life of cheerful physical activity as described in the writings of Charles Kingsley. muscular dystrophy see DYSTROPHY. muscular rheumatism = MYALGIA. muscular stomach see STOMACH. Derivatives: muscularity n. muscularly adv. Etymology: earlier musculous (as MUSCLE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Muscular Mus"cu*lar, a. [Cf. F. musculaire. See Muscle.] 1. Of or pertaining to a muscle, or to a system of muscles; consisting of, or constituting, a muscle or muscles; as, muscular fiber. Great muscular strength, accompanied by much awkwardness. --Macaulay. 2. Performed by, or dependent on, a muscle or the muscles. ``The muscular motion.'' --Arbuthnot. 3. Well furnished with muscles; having well-developed muscles; brawny; hence, strong; powerful; vigorous; as, a muscular body or arm. Muscular Christian, one who believes in a part of religious duty to maintain a healthful and vigorous physical state. --T. Hughes. Muscular CHristianity. (a) The practice and opinion of those Christians who believe that it is a part of religious duty to maintain a vigorous condition of the body, and who therefore approve of athletic sports and exercises as conductive to good health, good morals, and right feelings in religious matters. --T. Hughes. (b) An active, robust, and cheerful Christian life, as opposed to a meditative and gloomy one. --C. Kingsley. Muscular excitability (Physiol.), that property in virtue of which a muscle shortens, when it is stimulated; irritability. Muscular sense (Physiol.), muscular sensibility; the sense by which we obtain knowledge of the condition of our muscles and to what extent they are contracted, also of the position of the various parts of our bodies and the resistance offering by external objects.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Muscular means involving or affecting your muscles. As a general rule, all muscular effort is enhanced by breathing in as the effort is made... Early symptoms include anorexia, muscular weakness and fatigue. ADJ: ADJ n 2. If a person or their body is muscular, they are very fit and strong, and have firm muscles which are not covered with a lot of fat. Like most female athletes, she was lean and muscular. ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Musculous, sinewy. 2. Brawny, sinewy, strong, stalwart, vigorous, powerful, sturdy, lusty, athletic, Herculean, able-bodied, stout.

Moby Thesaurus

Herculean, able-bodied, athletic, beefy, brawny, broad-shouldered, burly, elastic, fibrous, flexible, husky, mighty, muscle-bound, powerful, resilient, robust, ropy, rugged, sinewy, springy, stalwart, stout, strapping, stringy, strong, sturdy, supple, thewy, thickset, well-built, well-knit, well-set, well-set-up, wiry


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