- to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
- Archaic. to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.
- to meditate on.
- to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.
Origin of muse
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Examples from the Web for mused
Fossella declined to run again, but in the years since he has mused aloud about challenging Grimm.Will Dirty Pol Vito Fossella Replace Dirty Pol Michael Grimm?
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At MUSED, an online magazine for Black gay men, Joel Jenkins argues the effort strips men of their personal agency.Breaking: Grindr-ing Leads to Gonorrhea
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The only difference between having $10 million and $50 million,” Chappelle mused, “is an astounding $40 million!Viral Video of the Day: Dave Chappelle Sets the Record Straight... Again
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She liked the profile shot, Walters mused; before she had always thought she should get a nose job.Don’t Remember Barbara Walters for ‘The View’
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The notoriously opinionated actor has often mused about running for office.Steven Seagal and 5 Other Celebs Who Flirted With Running for Office
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"What a pity Ruth Denton couldn't have had such a chance," mused Elfreda.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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"I wonder what he meant by that," Langdon mused to himself, as Crane moved away.
"One hundred and three," mused the Trainer, making a mental calculation.
He smiled at her; and for a moment he mused again over that starry light in her eyes.
They sat down together in the dark, and mused over old memories.
- (when intr, often foll by on or about) to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence
- (intr) to gaze thoughtfully
- archaic a state of abstraction
- a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet
- Greek myth any of nine sister goddesses, each of whom was regarded as the protectress of a different art or science. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the nine are Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania
Word Origin and History for mused
"to reflect, to be absorbed in thought," mid-14c., from Old French muser (12c.) "to ponder, dream, wonder; loiter, waste time," literally "to stand with one's nose in the air" (or, possibly, "to sniff about" like a dog who has lost the scent), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Romance *musa "snout," of unknown origin. Probably influenced in sense by muse (n.). Related: Mused; musing.
late 14c., protectors of the arts, from Old French Muse and directly from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa, "the Muse," also "music, song," from PIE root *men- "to think, remember" (see mind (n.)). Meaning "inspiring goddess of a particular poet" is from late 14c. The traditional names and specialties of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, are: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry, lyric art), Euterpe (music, especially flute), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), Urania (astronomy).