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  2  definitions  found 
  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. 
  ``The  muscular  motion.''  --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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  or  consisting  of  muscle;  "muscular 
  2:  (anatomy)  having  a  robust  muscular  body-build  characterized 
  by  predominance  of  structures  (bone  and  muscle  and 
  connective  tissue)  developed  from  the  embryonic  mesodermal 
  layer  [syn:  {mesomorphic}]  [ant:  {ectomorphic},  {endomorphic}] 
  3:  having  or  suggesting  great  physical  power  or  force;  "the 
  muscular  and  passionate  Fifth  Symphony" 
  4:  possessing  physical  strength  and  weight;  rugged  and 
  powerful;  "a  hefty  athlete";  "a  muscular  boxer";  "powerful 
  arms"  [syn:  {brawny},  {hefty},  {powerful}] 

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