Definitions

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

  • n. A state of abstracted musing; daydreaming.
  • n. A daydream: "I felt caught up in a reverie of years long past” ( William Styron).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An extravagant conceit of the imagination; a vision.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loose or irregular train of thought occurring in musing or mediation; deep musing; daydream.
  • n. An extravagant conceit of the fancy; a vision.

from The 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.
  • 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.

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

  • n. absentminded dreaming while awake
  • n. an abstracted state of absorption

Etymologies

Middle English, revelry, from Old French, from rever, to dream.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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  • But we went back to the Abbey, and sat on,
    So much the gathering darkness charmed: we sat
    But spoke not, rapt in nameless reverie,
    Perchance upon the future man: the walls
    Blackened about us, bats wheeled, and owls whooped,
    And gradually the powers of the night,
    That range above the region of the wind,
    Deepening the courts of twilight broke them up
    Through all the silent spaces of the worlds,
    Beyond all thought into the Heaven of Heavens.

    Tennyson, The Princess (Conclusion)

    June 10, 2009

  • My computer answers when I call it by its name:
    telofy@reverie:~$ ping reverie
    PING reverie (127.0.1.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
    64 bytes from reverie (127.0.1.1): icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.047 ms

    December 23, 2008

  • I would have named my computer, but it never comes when I call it anyway.

    December 23, 2008

  • My laptop is called Boxer and my desktop Ursula.

    December 23, 2008

  • I named my computer slurvian.

    December 23, 2008

  • The name I gave my computer.

    December 23, 2008