American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation.
- v. To consider or say thoughtfully: mused that it might take longer to drive than walk.
- n. A state of meditation.
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. Their number appears in the Homeric poems not to be fixed; later it seems to have been put at three, but afterward they are always spoken of as nine: Clio, the Muse of heroic exploits, or of history; Euterpe, of Dionysiac music and the double flute; Thalia, of gaiety, pastoral life, and comedy; Melpomene, of song and harmony, and of tragedy; Terpsichore, of choral dance and song; Erato, of erotic poetry and the lyre: Polymnia or Polyhymnia, of the inspired and stately hymn; Urania, of astronomical and other celestial phenomena; and Calliope, the chief of the Muses, of poetic inspiration, of eloquence, and of heroic or epic poetry. The Muses were intimately associated in legend and in art with Apollo, who, as the chief guardian and leader of their company, was called
- 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.
- v. intransitive To become lost in thought, to ponder.
- v. transitive To say (something) with due consideration or thought.
- n. An act of musing; a period of thoughtfulness.
- n. A source of inspiration.
- n. archaic A poet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. (Class. Myth.) 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. rare A poet; a bard.
- v. To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate.
- 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.
- v. obsolete To wonder.
- v. To think on; to meditate on.
- v. obsolete To wonder at.
- n. Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study.
- n. obsolete Wonder, or admiration.
- 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
- First attested in 1340. From Old French muser. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“KSA-Best of a happy muse writing that novel. *whispering so as not to startle your muse* *G* It is a very different mind set writing different lengths.”
“I know the word muse is an overused term for people who inspire creativity in others, but I find it appropriate to use when I remember the spirit of Maggie Daley and her commitment to the youth of Chicago.”
“We roll out of bed bright and early and the muse is already whispering in our ear.”
“The word "muse" has the tendency to elicit thoughts of fair-skinned, lyre-playing goddesses with beachy curls.”
“The Zeppelins muse is being very, very demanding right now.”
“As with every creative endeavor, I assume that there are times when the muse is kind and others in which she is a fickle mistress.”
“So awesome muse is the first song on the soundtrack.”
“If the muse is present, great!, if not, then ainsi soit-il!”
“Velvet Underground alum Moe Tucker rolls with the Tea Party; Kanye West's new muse is continuing to gain attention; the cast of "Glee" have broken a record held by the Beatles; and while Justin Timberlake prefers vinyl to MP3s, don't expect vinyl booster and patron saint of all things analog, Steve Albini, to produce his next album.”
“I wake up before my critic and hope my muse is ready to roll.”
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