verb (used without object), mused, mus·ing.
verb (used with object), mused, mus·ing.
- musculotendinous cuff,
- musculotubal canal,
Origin of muse
- any of a number of sister goddesses, originally given as Aoede (song), Melete (meditation), and Mneme (memory), but latterly and more commonly as the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne who presided over various arts: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (lyric poetry), Euterpe (music), Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (religious music), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy); identified by the Romans with the Camenae.
- any goddess presiding over a particular art.
Origin of Muse
Examples from the Web for muse
Muse was looking to regain custody of her four children—Justin, Sarah, Patrick and Rachel.
There are numerous paintings and drawings of Olga, who served as Picasso's muse for many years.
He follows his own muse—he's a world-class weirdo—but at the same time, he's never solely concerned with pleasing himself.
West told the paper he was in Italy to look at textiles and designs for the fashion label for which Kardashian is his muse.Renaissance Wedding Bells for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|May 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Muse will be available sometime later this year for around $200.High-Tech Meditation: Swap Your Yogi for a Headset|Gregory Ferenstein|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We are now again to see this remarkable woman as the inspirer of the muse of Holland.Vondel's Lucifer|Joost van den Vondel
When I shut my eyes and muse over beautiful views that I have seen, many such come back to me with pleasing memories.Uncle Joe's Stories|Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugesson, First Baron Brabourne
He would go, too, into the woods to read and muse, and thus for some weeks he spent his time.The Pilgrim's Progress in Words of One Syllable|Mary Godolphin
Constance Mayer became the muse of his delicate, graceful work.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
This is a dainty and pleasing little volume, to be prized by all devotees of the Muse.The Revival of Irish Literature|Charles Gavan Duffy
Word Origin for muse
Word Origin for muse
"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).