(1)   Possessing muscular strength
(2)   Authority or power or force (especially when used in a coercive way)
"The senators used their muscle to get the party leader to resign"
(3)   Animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells
(4)   One of the contractile organs of the body
(5)   A bully employed as a thug or bodyguard
"The drug lord had his muscleman to protect him"


(6)   Make one's way by force
"He muscled his way into the office"


From , from , because of the mouselike appearance of some muscles.


  1. A contractile form of tissue which animals use to effect movement.
    Muscle consists largely of actin and myosin filaments.
  2. An organ composed of muscle tissue.
    The muscles in his legs strained under the load.
  3. Strength.
    It took a lot of muscle to move the boulders.
  4. Hired strongmen or bodyguards.
    • 1985 — Lance Parkin, The Infinity Doctors, p 34
      It was easy enough to dodge him, let him crash into the floorboards. Peltroc knew that his priority was the leader, not the hired muscle.


  1. To use force to make progress, especially physical force.
    He muscled his way through the crowd.
    • 1988, Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", Ironman 47 (6): 28-34.
      Hensel and Wilson hit a series of leg shots simultaneously as Christian muscles between them with Quinn right on his heels.