Definitions for: Muster


[n] compulsory military service
[n] a gathering of military personnel for duty; "he was thrown in the brig for missing muster"
[v] call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc.
[v] gather or bring together; "muster the courage to do something"; "she rallied her intellect"; "Summon all your courage"



Webster (1913) Definition: Mus"ter, n. [OE. moustre, OF. mostre, moustre, F.
montre, LL. monstra. See Muster, v. t.]
1. Something shown for imitation; a pattern. [Obs.]

2. A show; a display. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.

3. An assembling or review of troops, as for parade,
verification of numbers, inspection, exercise, or
introduction into service.

The hurried muster of the soldiers of liberty.
--Hawthorne.

See how in warlike muster they appear, In rhombs,
and wedges, and half-moons, and wings. --Milton.

4. The sum total of an army when assembled for review and
inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.

And the muster was thirty thousands of men.
--Wyclif.

Ye publish the musters of your own bands, and
proclaim them to amount of thousands. --Hooker.

5. Any assemblage or display; a gathering.

Of the temporal grandees of the realm, mentof their
wives and daughters, the muster was great and
splendid. --Macaulay.

Muster book, a book in which military forces are registred.


Muster file, a muster roll.

Muster master (Mil.), one who takes an account of troops,
and of their equipment; a mustering officer; an inspector.
[Eng.]

Muster roll (Mil.), a list or register of all the men in a
company, troop, or regiment, present or accounted for on
the day of muster.

To pass muster, to pass through a muster or inspection
without censure.

Such excuses will not pass muster with God. --South.


Mus"ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mustered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Mustering.] [OE. mustren, prop., to show, OF. mostrer,
mustrer, moustrer, monstrer, F. montrer, fr. L. monstrare to
show. See Monster.]
1. To collect and display; to assemble, as troops for parade,
inspection, exercise, or the like. --Spenser.

2. Hence: To summon together; to enroll in service; to get
together. ``Mustering all its force.'' --Cowper.

All the gay feathers he could muster. --L'Estrange.

To muster troops into service (Mil.), to inspect and enter
troops on the muster roll of the army.

To muster troops out of service (Mil.), to register them
for final payment and discharge.

To muster up, to gather up; to succeed in obtaining; to
obtain with some effort or difficulty.

One of those who can muster up sufficient
sprightliness to engage in a game of forfeits.
--Hazlitt.


Mus"ter, v. i.
To be gathered together for parade, inspection, exercise, or
the like; to come together as parts of a force or body; as,
his supporters mustered in force. ``The mustering squadron.''
--Byron.

Synonyms: come up, conscription, draft, muster up, rally, selective service, summon

See Also: assemblage, call, collect, garner, gather, gathering, levy, levy en masse, militarisation, militarization, mobilisation, mobilization, pull together, send for

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