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MUSCULAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does muscular mean? 

MUSCULAR (adjective)
  The adjective MUSCULAR has 4 senses:

1. of or relating to or consisting of muscle
2. having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer
3. having or suggesting great physical power or force
4. (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

  Familiarity information: MUSCULAR used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MUSCULAR (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or consisting of muscle

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

muscular contraction

Pertainym:

muscle (one of the contractile organs of the body)


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Meaning:

Having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer

Synonyms:

mesomorphic; muscular

Similar:

athletic (having a sturdy and well proportioned body)

Domain category:

anatomy; general anatomy (the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals)


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Meaning:

Having or suggesting great physical power or force

Context example:

the muscular and passionate Fifth Symphony

Similar:

powerful (having great power or force or potency or effect)


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Meaning:

(of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

Synonyms:

brawny; hefty; sinewy; muscular; powerful

Context examples:

a hefty athlete / a muscular boxer / powerful arms

Similar:

strong (having strength or power greater than average or expected)


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