- 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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- Classical Mythology.
- 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.
- (sometimes lowercase) the goddess or the power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like.
- (lowercase) the genius or powers characteristic of a poet.
Origin of Muse
Examples from the Web for muse
Muse was looking to regain custody of her four children—Justin, Sarah, Patrick and Rachel.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
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There are numerous paintings and drawings of Olga, who served as Picasso's muse for many years.Revealing The Unseen Picasso
November 3, 2014
He follows his own muse—he's a world-class weirdo—but at the same time, he's never solely concerned with pleasing himself.Is Jack White the Last True Rock Star?
June 13, 2014
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?
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Muse will be available sometime later this year for around $200.High-Tech Meditation: Swap Your Yogi for a Headset
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A subject was offered him, in which no other poet would have found a theme for the Muse.Biographical Sketches
The Englishman seemed to muse, for his brow lowered, and he made no answer.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
He took to "vagrant courses," in which the muse forbears to follow him.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
"Deil tak the hindmost" is by no means the crie de guerre of my muse.
It is only a short essay, just to try the strength of my Muse's pinion in that way.
- (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 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).