Meaning of muscle

mus•cle

Pronunciation: (mus'ul), [key]
— n., v., adj. -cled, -cling,
—n.
  1. a tissue composed of cells or fibers, the contraction of which produces movement in the body.
  2. an organ, composed of muscle tissue, that contracts to produce a particular movement.
  3. muscular strength; brawn: It will take a great deal of muscle to move this box.
  4. power or force, esp. of a coercive nature: They put muscle into their policy and sent the marines.
  5. lean meat.
  6. a gangster protected by muscle.
    1. a hired thug or thugs.
    2. a bodyguard or bodyguards:a gangster protected by muscle.
  7. a necessary or fundamental thing, quality, etc.: The editor cut the muscle from the article.
—v.t.
  1. to force or compel others to make way for: He muscled his way into the conversation.
  2. to make more muscular: The dancing lessons muscled her legs.
  3. to strengthen or toughen; put muscle into.
  4. to accomplish by muscular force: to muscle the partition into place.
  5. to force or compel, as by threats, promises, influence, or the like: to muscle a bill through Congress.
—v.i.
  1. to make one's way by force or fraud (often fol. by in or into).
—adj.
  1. (of a machine, engine, or vehicle) being very powerful or capable of high-speed performance: a muscle power saw.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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