American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state of abstracted musing; daydreaming.
- n. A daydream: "I felt caught up in a reverie of years long past” ( William Styron).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A state of mental abstraction in which more or less aimless fancy predominates over the reasoning faculty; dreamy meditation; fanciful musing. The mind may be occupied, according to the age, tastes, or pursuits of the individual, by calculations, by profound metaphysical speculations, by fanciful visions, or by such trifling and transitory objects as to make no impression on consciousness, so that the period of reverie is left an entire blank in the memory. The most obvious external feature marking this state is the apparent unconsciousness or imperfect perception of external objects.
- n. A waking dream; a brown study; an imaginative, fanciful, or fantastic train of thought; a day-dream.
- n. The object or product of reverie or idle fancy; a visionary scheme, plan, aim, ideal, or the like; a dream.
- n. In music, an instrumental composition of a vague and dreamy character.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A loose or irregular train of thought occurring in musing or mediation; deep musing; daydream.
- n. rare An extravagant conceit of the fancy; a vision.
- n. absentminded dreaming while awake
- n. an abstracted state of absorption
- From Old French reverie ("revelry"), from resver ("to dream, to rave"), of uncertain origin. Compare rave. Attested as “caper, frolic,” from 14thC; as “daydreaming” from 1657. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, revelry, from Old French, from rever, to dream. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The bower becomes significant, then, as the externalization of this internal, unreachable environment where any kind of reverie is possible; for Kitty, under constant surveillance, the bower represents a winsome retreat that "possessed such a charm over her senses, as constantly to tranquillize her mind and quiet her spirits," a place which she believed "alone could restore her to herself" (193).”
“He takes refuge in reverie, even turning to his dead mother (Sophia Loren) and influential memories from his youth.”
“The inheritance spent, the painters indulge in reverie, romanticizing the past, retreating into what Jung would call the collective unconscious.”
“Meaning may retreat in reverie, but like the repressed it always returns.”
“I found myself lost in reverie, listening to the beat of the drum – unpredictable and incoherent mixed with the quick and violent strumming of the Tar.”
“Cornell is talking about these things in reverie: the little store nearby where you can find star fish butterflies in little boxes driftwood and in the antiques store the things from Asia inlaid wood”
“I'm so lost in reverie that the pole almost flies out of my hand.”
“He has been scouting ahead, in search of game, and now, as he takes his time returning, his reverie is interrupted by the sight of another rider heading toward the wagons.”
“As my feet strayed through the unpeopled country, my thoughts rambled through the universe, and I was least miserable when I could, absorbed in reverie, forget the passage of the hours.”
“& began to feel if my own heart was in my bosom. when once Bedford you begin to reflect rationally a reverie is over.”
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