Definitions for: Muse


[n] the source of an artist's inspiration; "Euterpe was his muse"
[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; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"



Webster (1913) Definition: Muse, n. [From F. musse. See Muset.]
A gap or hole in a hedge, hence, wall, or the like, through
which a wild animal is accustomed to pass; a muset.

Find a hare without a muse. --Old Prov.


Muse, n. [F. Muse, L. Musa, Gr. ?. Cf. Mosaic, n.,
Music.]
1. (Class. Myth.) One of the nine goddesses who presided over
song and the different kinds of poetry, and also the arts
and sciences; -- often used in the plural.

Granville commands; your aid, O Muses, bring: What
Muse for Granville can refuse to sing? --Pope.

Note: The names of the Muses were Calliope, Clio, Erato,
Euterpe, Melpomene, Polymnia or Polyhymnia,
Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania.

2. A particular power and practice of poetry. --Shak.

3. A poet; a bard. [R.] --Milton.


Muse, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Mused; p. pr. & vb. n.
Musing.] [F. muser to loiter or trifle, orig., to stand
with open mouth, fr. LL. musus, morsus, muzzle, snout, fr. L.
morsus a biting, bite, fr. mordere to bite. See Morsel, and
cf. Amuse, Muzzle, n.]
1. To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate.
``Thereon mused he.'' --Chaucer.

He mused upon some dangerous plot. --Sir P.
Sidney.

2. 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. --Daniel.

3. To wonder. [Obs.] --Spenser. B. Jonson.

Syn: To consider; meditate; ruminate. See Ponder.


Muse, v. t.
1. To think on; to meditate on.

Come, then, expressive Silence, muse his praise.
--Thomson.

2. To wonder at. [Obs.] --Shak.


Muse, n.
1. Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing
scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown
study. --Milton.

2. Wonder, or admiration. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Synonyms: chew over, contemplate, excogotate, meditate, mull, mull over, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over

See Also: bethink, brood, Calliope, cerebrate, Clio, cogitate, consider, dwell, Erato, Euterpe, germ, Greek deity, introspect, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, premeditate, puzzle, question, seed, source, study, Terpsichore, Thalia, theologise, theologize, think, Urania, wonder, worry

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