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

  • adj. Deep in thought; contemplative.
  • n. Contemplation; meditation.
  • n. A product of contemplation; a thought. "an elegant tapestry of quotations, musings, aphorisms, and autobiographical reflections” ( James Atlas).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of muse.
  • adj. Absorbed in thought; contemplative
  • n. thought, meditation, contemplation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Thinking long and intensely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Meditative; thoughtful; preoccupied.
  • n. The act of pondering; meditation; thoughtfulness.

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

  • adj. deeply or seriously thoughtful
  • n. a calm, lengthy, intent consideration


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  • I know that I have been accused of foolishness in musing whether we are heading for a Third World War, but the news that Barack Obama's Vice President, the inept Joe Biden, is due to make a keynote foreign policy speech at an international conference in Munich fills me with a sense of dread.


  • The simplemindness of this musing is truly impressive — a Republican state legislator from a semi-rural Virginia exurb of DC makes an offensive claim that birth defects are divine punishment after abortions and you imagine that is cause for defections from the GOP and into the arms of the Obama administration?!

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Birth Defects as God’s Punishment for Abortion

  • One thing I noticed in my musing is that Chinese New Year and Lent do have a food tradition in common: the consumption of fish.

    Tigers & Strawberries » Fish: Feast or Fast?

  • Soon after the lords had quitted him, the buoyant elasticity of his figure, which before seemed ready to rise from the earth, so was his soul elevated by his sublime resolves, gave way to melancholy retrospections, and he threw himself into a chair with his hands clasped upon his knee and his eyes fixed in musing gaze upon the floor.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • Indeed, what she did then at first was not to think, but to recall in musing all the scenes and as far as possible all the words of that evening; with a consciousness behind this all the while that there was hard thinking coming.

    The Old Helmet

  • And I don't quote Phyllis Schlafly often, but I think she may have been on target when she said that his comments about women, homemakers and lawyers that he made when he was 25 were the musings -- she didn't use the word "musing" -- were wisecracks of a young bachelor who didn't have much world experience.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2005

  • "Lordy massy, how prosperous everything does seem here!" he said, in musing tones, over his inevitable mug of cider; "so different from what 't is t 'our house.

    Oldtown Folks

  • ‘Was it for this his gentle youth was passed in musing solitude and mystic studies?

    Chapter 1 - Part IX

  • It's sad this kind of musing passes for financial advice in a prominent financial newspaper.

    Dan Solin: A Novel Investing Strategy From the WSJ

  • But what's so interesting about these three pathways -- and remember, this is all just theory, this is just me, kind of musing out loud -- is that they're found in the natural environmental, or the man-made environment, and they're also found in vaccines.

    David Kirby: Notes From the Big "Anti-Vaccine" Conference


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  • "Ours is a privileged moment: never before has it been so easy to gain access to the errant musings, rapid-fire opinions, and random proclivity-ies of venture capitalists and others we enrich."

    Source: How Silicon Valley’s Workplace Culture Produced James Damore’s Google Memo

    January 22, 2018