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English Dictionary: muscular by the DICT Development Group
2 results for muscular
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. of or relating to or consisting of muscle; "muscular contraction"
  2. having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer
    Synonym(s): mesomorphic, muscular
    Antonym(s): ectomorphic, endomorphic, pyknic
  3. having or suggesting great physical power or force; "the muscular and passionate Fifth Symphony"
  4. (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful; "a hefty athlete"; "a muscular boxer"; "powerful arms"
    Synonym(s): brawny, hefty, muscular, powerful, sinewy
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Muscular \Mus"cu*lar\, a. [Cf. F. musculaire. See {Muscle}.]
      1. Of or pertaining to a muscle, or to a system of muscles;
            consisting of, or constituting, a muscle or muscles; as,
            muscular fiber.
                     Great muscular strength, accompanied by much
                     awkwardness.                                       --Macaulay.
      2. Performed by, or dependent on, a muscle or the muscles.
            [bd]The muscular motion.[b8] --Arbuthnot.
      3. Well furnished with muscles; having well-developed
            muscles; brawny; hence, strong; powerful; vigorous; as, a
            muscular body or arm.
      {Muscular Christian}, one who believes in a part of religious
            duty to maintain a healthful and vigorous physical state.
            --T. Hughes.
      {Muscular CHristianity}.
            (a) The practice and opinion of those Christians who
                  believe that it is a part of religious duty to
                  maintain a vigorous condition of the body, and who
                  therefore approve of athletic sports and exercises as
                  conductive to good health, good morals, and right
                  feelings in religious matters. --T. Hughes.
            (b) An active, robust, and cheerful Christian life, as
                  opposed to a meditative and gloomy one. --C. Kingsley.
      {Muscular excitability} (Physiol.), that property in virtue
            of which a muscle shortens, when it is stimulated;
      {Muscular sense} (Physiol.), muscular sensibility; the sense
            by which we obtain knowledge of the condition of our
            muscles and to what extent they are contracted, also of
            the position of the various parts of our bodies and the
            resistance offering by external objects.
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