Definition of muscular in English:

muscular

adjective

  • 1Relating to or affecting the muscles.

    ‘energy is needed for muscular activity’
    • ‘A hiatus hernia is when part of the stomach slides through the diaphragm, the muscular sheet that separates the lungs and chest from the abdomen.’
    • ‘The muscular layers create vein contractility, which maintains venous tone.’
    • ‘The epiglottis is a flap of muscular tissue that closes off the entry to your voice box when you swallow.’
    • ‘The lower lactate level may have a significant contribution in lower muscular fatigue.’
    • ‘The physiotherapy continued until muscular strength and proprioception were restored.’
    • ‘No inflammation was seen in the muscular and serosal layers of the appendix.’
    • ‘Primary lymphatic vessels lack a significant muscular wall and do not have valves.’
    • ‘Neuromuscular signs, mainly referring to muscular tension, were also documented.’
    • ‘As a result, the stomach loses its coordinated muscular activity and doesn't empty properly.’
    • ‘It provides muscular branches to peroneus longus and peroneus brevis muscles.’
    • ‘Later the same month the man's sweating, pyrexia, muscular rigidity, and decreased responsiveness returned.’
    • ‘Symptoms are similar to those of adult Huntington's, but develop more rapidly and include muscular rigidity and fits.’
    • ‘A general feeling of stiffness may be noticed, along with mild diffuse muscular pains.’
    • ‘Most cases will be forms of muscular tension headaches.’
    • ‘Pelvic organ prolapse results from a weakening of connective tissue or loss of muscular support.’
    • ‘Hearty laughter increases heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate, and muscular activity.’
    • ‘We made an initial diagnosis of muscular spasm with a possible septic left hip.’
    • ‘Research indicates that after training is terminated, an athlete can retain gained muscular strength and power for periods of up to six weeks.’
    • ‘The researchers will focus on myotonic and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophies.’
    • ‘The heart is a muscular organ, divided into left and right sides.’
    fibrous, sinewy
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    1. 1.1 Having well-developed muscles.
      ‘his legs were strong and muscular’
      • ‘Your body will respond by getting more muscular and stronger before you know it.’
      • ‘They have a broad chest, a muscular neck, and strong hands and feet.’
      • ‘Of course by now you know that Joel was a tall, muscular, athlete who had trained for these sorts of events.’
      • ‘Here, there was a cadre of burly bouncers waiting for her, each of them large and muscular and very powerful.’
      • ‘My body became strong and muscular but I could run like lightning, and, boy, did it feel great!’
      • ‘Of course, they all have strong muscular backs and shoulders, that goes with the job.’
      • ‘I have the strength and size to back up the fact that you can get strong and have a muscular body on a vegan diet.’
      • ‘He had a broad frame, which in his prime must have been gloriously muscular and strong.’
      • ‘Polar bears have a heavy stout body with strong muscular legs and well-developed neck muscles.’
      • ‘But they all have the trademark short hair, round muscular build and large powerful jaws.’
      • ‘A boy with black hair and a strong muscular build looked sternly at David.’
      • ‘He's well-built, lean and muscular, but in my dream he's wearing a tutu and tights.’
      • ‘He was sitting next to a burly muscular youngster in dirty military fatigues who was trying to drink from two cans simultaneously.’
      • ‘The Dall's porpoise is stocky and muscular, built as powerful as a killer whale, but smaller.’
      • ‘He has a sturdy build with strikingly muscular hands and chiseled features.’
      • ‘He doesn't have to be muscular, just lean and athletic, and healthy-looking.’
      • ‘He was a tall, muscular, powerfully built man with brown hair that was quickly going gray.’
      • ‘She is very muscular and powerful in the legs, but not as much as in her arms.’
      • ‘The father's left hand touching the son's shoulder is strong and muscular.’
      • ‘Though his hair was gray with white streaks on both sides of his head, his body was still muscular and strong.’
      strong, brawny, muscly, sinewy, well built, powerfully built, well muscled, burly, strapping, sturdy, rugged, powerful, broad-shouldered, athletic, well knit, muscle-bound, herculean, manly
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    2. 1.2 Vigorously robust.
      ‘a muscular economy’
      • ‘It is more an exceptional case of a sports film with an intellect that is just as muscular as the flesh around its robust frame.’
      • ‘Flanders may no longer be Europe's main gate, but it remains a busy portal with a muscular economic hinterland.’
      • ‘It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache, producing a strong muscular wine.’
      • ‘The resulting architecture is more athletic and muscular, confident and explosive.’
      • ‘Solos tend to be modal rather than on conventional chords and the result is a muscular and dynamic trip into the adventurous hinterland of free jazz.’
      • ‘The grid has been more or less a constant throughout her career, but lately it has become more robust and muscular.’
      • ‘The new car has a stronger, more muscular look than its predecessor.’
      vigorous, robust, strong, powerful, dynamic, potent, energetic, active, aggressive
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Origin

Late 17th century: alteration of earlier musculous, in the same sense.

Pronunciation

muscular

/ˈmʌskjʊlə/