1. Of, relating to, or consisting of muscle: muscular contraction.
2. Having well-developed muscles: a muscular build.
3. Having or suggesting great forcefulness, especially at the expense of subtlety: muscular reasoning that does not bother with the finer points; muscular advocacy groups.
[From Latin mūsculus, muscle; see MUSCLE.]
mus′cu·lari·ty (-lărĭ-tē) n.
Synonyms: muscular, brawny, burly, sinewy
These adjectives mean strong and powerfully built: a muscular build; brawny arms; a burly stevedore; a lean and sinewy frame.
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