Definition of muscular in US English:



  • 1Relating to or affecting the muscles.

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