Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation.
  • transitive v. To consider or say thoughtfully: mused that it might take longer to drive than walk.
  • n. A state of meditation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A source of inspiration.
  • n. A poet.
  • v. To become lost in thought, to ponder.
  • v. To say (something) with due consideration or thought.
  • n. An act of musing; a period of thoughtfulness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gap or hole in a hedge, hence, wall, or the like, through which a wild animal is accustomed to pass; a muset.
  • n. One of the nine goddesses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who presided over song and the different kinds of poetry, and also the arts and sciences; -- often used in the plural. At one time certain other goddesses were considered as muses.
  • n. A particular power and practice of poetry; the inspirational genius of a poet.
  • n. A poet; a bard.
  • n. Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study.
  • n. Wonder, or admiration.
  • intransitive v. To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate.
  • intransitive v. To be absent in mind; to be so occupied in study or contemplation as not to observe passing scenes or things present; to be in a brown study.
  • intransitive v. To wonder.
  • transitive v. To think on; to meditate on.
  • transitive v. To wonder at.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ponder; meditate; reflect continuously and in silence; be in a brown study.
  • To be astonished; be surprised; wonder.
  • To gaze meditatively.
  • Synonyms Meditate, reflect, etc. (see list under contemplate), cogitate, ruminate, brood.
  • To meditate on; think of reflectively.
  • To wonder at.
  • n. The act of musing; meditation; reverie; absent-mindedness; contemplative thought.
  • n. Wonder; surprise.
  • n. In Greek myth, one of the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who according to the earliest writers were goddesses of memory, then inspiring goddesses of song, and according to later ideas divinities presiding over the different kinds of poetry, and over the sciences and arts, while at the same time having as their especial province springs and limpid streams.
  • n.
  • n. [cap. or lowercase] An inspiring power; poetic inspiration: often spoken of and apostrophized by poets as a goddess.
  • n. A poet; a bard.
  • n. An opening in a fence through which a hare or other game is accustomed to pass. Also muset.
  • n. A loophole; a means of escape.
  • n. The mouthpiece or wind-pipe of a bagpipe. Also written smuse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the source of an artist's inspiration
  • n. in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science
  • v. reflect deeply on a subject

Etymologies

Middle English musen, from Old French muser (possibly from mus, snout, from Medieval Latin mūsum) and or of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French muse, from Latin Mūsa, from Ancient Greek Μοῦσα (Mousa). (Wiktionary)
First attested in 1340. From Old French muser. (Wiktionary)

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  • Thanks for the amusement.

    July 18, 2008

  • The nine muses are:

    • Calliope (the 'beautiful of speech'): chief of the muses and muse of epic or heroic poetry
    • Clio (the 'glorious one'): muse of history
    • Erato (the 'amorous one'): muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs
    • Euterpe (the 'well-pleasing'): muse of music and lyric poetry
    • Melpomene (the 'chanting one'): muse of tragedy
    • Polyhymnia or Polymnia (the 'singer of many hymns'): muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing and rhetoric
    • Terpsichore (the 'one who delights in dance'): muse of choral song and dance
    • Thalia (the 'blossoming one'): muse of comedy and bucolic poetry
    • Urania (the 'celestial one'): muse of astronomy

    July 18, 2008