American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To call (troops) together, as for inspection.
- v. To cause to come together; gather: Bring all the volunteers you can muster.
- v. To call forth; summon up: mustering up her strength for the ordeal. See Synonyms at call.
- v. To assemble or gather: mustering for inspection.
- n. A gathering, especially of troops, for service, inspection, review, or roll call.
- n. The persons assembled for such a gathering.
- n. A muster roll.
- n. A gathering or collection: a muster of business leaders at a luncheon.
- n. A flock of peacocks. See Synonyms at flock1.
- muster in To enlist or be enlisted in military service: She mustered in at the age of 18.
- muster out To discharge or be discharged from military service: He was mustered out when the war ended.
- idiom. pass muster To be judged as acceptable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- . To show; point; exhibit.
- To bring together into a group or body for inspection, especially with a view to employing in or discharging from military service; in general, to collect, assemble, or array.
- Synonyms To call together, get together, gather, convene, congregate.
- To show; appear.
- To assemble; meet in one place, as soldiers; in general, to collect.
- n. A show; a review; an exhibition; in modern use, an exhibition in array; array.
- n. A pattern; a sample.
- n. A gathering of persons, as of troops for review or inspection, or in demonstration of strength; an assembling in force or in array; an array; an assemblage.
- n. A register or roll of troops mustered; also, the troops enrolled.
- n. In hunting, a company or flock of peacocks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Something shown for imitation; a pattern.
- n. obsolete A show; a display.
- n. An assembling or review of troops, as for parade, verification of numbers, inspection, exercise, or introduction into service.
- n. The sum total of an army when assembled for review and inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.
- n. Any assemblage or display; a gathering.
- v. To collect and display; to assemble, as troops for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like.
- v. Hence: To summon together; to enroll in service; to get together.
- v. To be gathered together for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like; to come together as parts of a force or body.
- n. a gathering of military personnel for duty
- n. compulsory military service
- v. call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc.
- v. gather or bring together
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman monstrer, to show etc. and Middle French mostrer, moustrer (whence the noun monstre, which gave the English noun), from Latin mōnstrāre ("to show"), from monere ("to admonish"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mustren, from Old French moustrer, from Latin mōnstrāre, to show, from mōnstrum, sign, portent, from monēre, to warn; see men-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But failed to make much of an impression and the best I can muster is half-hearted respect.”
“Even now the best the Repubs can muster is to worry about the Metric system.”
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“Now all McCain can muster is some snarky, empty drivel comparing Obama to Moses.”
“Now all I can muster is a sulky “my cups otherfloweth” when I survey the ill fit before my husband.”
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