verb (used without object), mused, mus·ing.
verb (used with object), mused, mus·ing.
Origin of muse
Related formsmus·er, noun
Can be confusedmews muse
Definition for muses (2 of 2)
- 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 muses
“In the camp no-one knows themselves,” muses the monstrous commandant.
Though Rabinowitz muses that something like this would not only be impractical but also incite severe backlash.Porn Fights For Your Right to Surf: Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube Lead Charge For Net Neutrality|Aurora Snow|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Richard Avedon considered Hepburn one of his muses in the 50s and the two maintained a close professional relationship.Jonah Hill & Spike Jonze to Write Play For NYFW; Audrey Hepburn’s Granddaughter Makes Her Modeling Debut|The Fashion Beast Team|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, he muses, why not regulate as if all people need guns, everywhere?
She and Balanchine parted ways in the early 50s, and he would have other muses, but Tallchief was the template for them all.
Montesquieu had placed an invocation to the muses in the middle of the "Esprit des Lois."The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
And who, then, is this divinely-gifted artist, this consecrated daughter of the muses?The Daughter of an Empress|Louise Muhlbach
You must shut your heart against the Muses, and be content to feed your understanding with plain, houshold truths.Miscellaneous Pieces, in Prose|John Aikin
All knowledge, all music of sound and of words, comes to men by their gift—those nine great sisters, the Muses.Children of the Dawn|Elsie Finnimore Buckley
Laurence Sterne, like Shakespeare, was fostered by the muses on Parnassus.The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine|Heinrich Heine
British Dictionary definitions for muses (1 of 3)
Derived Formsmuser, nounmuseful, adjectivemusefully, adverb
Word Origin for muse
British Dictionary definitions for muses (2 of 3)
Word Origin for muse
British Dictionary definitions for muses (3 of 3)
Culture definitions for muses
Nine goddesses of classical mythology who presided over learning and the arts. They were especially associated with poetry. Ancient Greek or Roman writers would often begin their poems by asking for the aid of the Muses in their composition.