Definition of muscular in English:



  • 1Relating to or affecting the muscles.

    ‘energy is needed for muscular activity’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A general feeling of stiffness may be noticed, along with mild diffuse muscular pains.’
    • ‘No inflammation was seen in the muscular and serosal layers of the appendix.’
    • ‘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 physiotherapy continued until muscular strength and proprioception were restored.’
    • ‘Neuromuscular signs, mainly referring to muscular tension, were also documented.’
    • ‘Primary lymphatic vessels lack a significant muscular wall and do not have valves.’
    • ‘Most cases will be forms of muscular tension headaches.’
    • ‘We made an initial diagnosis of muscular spasm with a possible septic left hip.’
    • ‘The muscular layers create vein contractility, which maintains venous tone.’
    • ‘The researchers will focus on myotonic and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophies.’
    • ‘Symptoms are similar to those of adult Huntington's, but develop more rapidly and include muscular rigidity and fits.’
    • ‘Research indicates that after training is terminated, an athlete can retain gained muscular strength and power for periods of up to six weeks.’
    • ‘It provides muscular branches to peroneus longus and peroneus brevis muscles.’
    • ‘The heart is a muscular organ, divided into left and right sides.’
    • ‘The lower lactate level may have a significant contribution in lower muscular fatigue.’
    • ‘The epiglottis is a flap of muscular tissue that closes off the entry to your voice box when you swallow.’
    • ‘Later the same month the man's sweating, pyrexia, muscular rigidity, and decreased responsiveness returned.’
    • ‘As a result, the stomach loses its coordinated muscular activity and doesn't empty properly.’
    fibrous, sinewy
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    1. 1.1Having well-developed muscles.
      ‘his legs were strong and muscular’
      • ‘She is very muscular and powerful in the legs, but not as much as in her arms.’
      • ‘Here, there was a cadre of burly bouncers waiting for her, each of them large and muscular and very powerful.’
      • ‘A boy with black hair and a strong muscular build looked sternly at David.’
      • ‘He was sitting next to a burly muscular youngster in dirty military fatigues who was trying to drink from two cans simultaneously.’
      • ‘Polar bears have a heavy stout body with strong muscular legs and well-developed neck muscles.’
      • ‘The Dall's porpoise is stocky and muscular, built as powerful as a killer whale, but smaller.’
      • ‘My body became strong and muscular but I could run like lightning, and, boy, did it feel great!’
      • ‘He's well-built, lean and muscular, but in my dream he's wearing a tutu and tights.’
      • ‘He has a sturdy build with strikingly muscular hands and chiseled features.’
      • ‘The father's left hand touching the son's shoulder is strong and muscular.’
      • ‘He doesn't have to be muscular, just lean and athletic, and healthy-looking.’
      • ‘Though his hair was gray with white streaks on both sides of his head, his body was still muscular and strong.’
      • ‘Of course by now you know that Joel was a tall, muscular, athlete who had trained for these sorts of events.’
      • ‘Of course, they all have strong muscular backs and shoulders, that goes with the job.’
      • ‘They have a broad chest, a muscular neck, and strong hands and feet.’
      • ‘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 was a tall, muscular, powerfully built man with brown hair that was quickly going gray.’
      • ‘He had a broad frame, which in his prime must have been gloriously muscular and strong.’
      • ‘But they all have the trademark short hair, round muscular build and large powerful jaws.’
      • ‘Your body will respond by getting more muscular and stronger before you know it.’
      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. 1.2Vigorously robust.
      ‘a muscular economy’
      • ‘The resulting architecture is more athletic and muscular, confident and explosive.’
      • ‘The grid has been more or less a constant throughout her career, but lately it has become more robust and muscular.’
      • ‘Flanders may no longer be Europe's main gate, but it remains a busy portal with a muscular economic hinterland.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache, producing a strong muscular wine.’
      • ‘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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Late 17th century: alteration of earlier musculous, in the same sense.