• WordNet 3.6
    • v muster call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc.
    • v muster gather or bring together "muster the courage to do something","she rallied her intellect","Summon all your courage"
    • n muster compulsory military service
    • n muster a gathering of military personnel for duty "he was thrown in the brig for missing muster"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Muster A show; a display.
    • Muster 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.""See how in warlike muster they appear,
      In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings."
    • Muster Any assemblage or display; a gathering. "Of the temporal grandees of the realm, mentof their wives and daughters, the muster was great and splendid.""Such excuses will not pass muster with God."
    • Muster Hence: To summon together; to enroll in service; to get together. "Mustering all its force .""All the gay feathers he could muster .""One of those who can muster up sufficient sprightliness to engage in a game of forfeits."
    • Muster Something shown for imitation; a pattern.
    • Muster 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.""Ye publish the musters of your own bands, and proclaim them to amount of thousands."
    • v. i Muster 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."
    • Muster To collect and display; to assemble, as troops for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • muster To show; point; exhibit.
    • muster To bring together into a group or body for inspection, especially with a view to employing in or discharging from military service; in general, to collect, assemble, or array.
    • muster Synonyms To call together, get together, gather, convene, congregate.
    • muster To show; appear.
    • muster To assemble; meet in one place, as soldiers; in general, to collect.
    • n muster A show; a review; an exhibition; in modern use, an exhibition in array; array.
    • n muster A pattern; a sample.
    • n muster A gathering of persons, as of troops for review or inspection, or in demonstration of strength; an assembling in force or in array; an array; an assemblage.
    • n muster A register or roll of troops mustered; also, the troops enrolled.
    • n muster In hunting, a company or flock of peacocks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Muster mus′tėr to assemble, as troops for duty or inspection: to gather, summon (with up)
    • v.i Muster to be gathered together, as troops
    • n Muster an assembling of troops: a register of troops mustered: assemblage: collected show
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Pass muster - If something passes muster, it meets the required standard.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mustren, prop., to show, OF. mostrer, mustrer, moustrer, monstrer, F. montrer, fr. L. monstrare, to show. See Monster


In literature:

Do I pass muster among the Tristrams?
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
How many do the mutineers muster, all told?
"A Middy in Command" by Harry Collingwood
She mounted thirty-two long twelves, and mustered a crew of 190 men.
"Under the Meteor Flag" by Harry Collingwood
The crew soon mustered at the pumps, and manned them both, relieving each other every ten minutes.
"The Pirate Island" by Harry Collingwood
Why, there were over a hundred and eighty officers and men, besides some seven hundred odd boys present at muster.
"Young Tom Bowling" by J.C. Hutcheson
Our party mustered splendidly.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
So you will pass muster very well.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
Pudsey Dawson's regiment consisted of eight companies of infantry, and mustered 1200 strong.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
We mustered a dozen horsemen.
"Adventures in Australia" by W.H.G. Kingston
We mustered, officers and men, forty hands all told.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

"And pretty nigh all the crew was drowned
(There was seventy-seven o' soul),
And only ten of the NANCY'S men
Said 'Here!' to the muster-roll.
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Ich singe nicht fuer euch, ihr Richter,
Die ihr voll spitzger Gruendlichkeit
Ein unertraeglich Joch dem Dichter,
Und euch die Muster selber seid.
"Fuer Wen Ich Singe" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
No more shall we muster the river for fats,
Or spiel on the Fifteen-mile plain,
Or rip through the scrub by the light of the moon,
Or see the old stockyard again.
"The Broken - Down Squatter" by Anonymous Oceania
The foeman need not dread
This gathering of the brave;
Without sword or flag, and with soundless tread,
We muster once more our deathless dead,
Out of each lonely grave.
"March Of The Deathless Dead" by Abram Joseph Ryan
For when he cut his war-arrow,
Lords and liegemen soon were mustered,
And to aid from Sweden, Denmark,
England, France, swift-flying vessels
Coursed the sea-ways toward his standard.
"P. A. Munch" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Then the men were mustered without delay,
And each man of them was eager for the fray;
And in the silent darkness they felt no dismay,
And to attack the enemy they marched boldly away.
"General Roberts in Afghanistan" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

It also has historical significance as the former site of Montgomery's Tavern, where William Lyon Mackenzie mustered his rebel force during the Rebellion of 1837, which helped pave the way toward "responsible government" in Canada.
The Golden Rams unit mustered six first downs in the final two quarters.
Scarpone joined Danielle Muster, Eve Scarpone, and Samantha Schaal as the Cadets finished second in the 200 medley relay.
Residents near proposed Ives Hill apartments muster opposition.
For example, many Romance languages allow you to pronounce the word in any manner you can muster.
Leymah Gbowee, the Liberian who mustered her desperate countrywomen into a peace movement, is attracting international attention as one of Africa's most powerful voices for social change.
A Jaleel Filmore kick return for a touchdown was the only points the Yellow Jackets could muster in an 18-7 loss to Mullins.
Consumer advocates can't muster much enthusiasm for the upcoming merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS, but they don't seem to be against it.
Two proposed East Providence Charter changes have merit, while two don't pass muster .
Will Arizona's Immigration Law Pass Legal Muster .
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School second-grader Harrison Easby transfers water from one tank to another during a bucket brigade relay race at the school's mini- muster event last week.
Nick Dentamaro Jackson Citizen Patriot A Union soldier rests before the re-enactment of the Battle of Wilson's Creek during the 24th Cascades Civil War Muster .
Lincoln's Fire Muster and Parade.
2005 budget passes initial muster .
Onward State has been in existence for just a couple of months, but it managed to muster thousands of votes to win this thing.

In science:

The purpose of this paper is to explain some of these issues, raise questions and place these questions in the most general context that we can muster at this time.
If additional evidence can be mustered for massive black holes spinning rapidly, then this has some interesting implications for their genesis.
The Phenomena of High Energy Astrophysics
Whatever surveys make sensible use of commensal programs should be undertaken; in those cases, our principal challenge may be to muster the bodies to process and analyze the acquired data.
Conference Summary: HI Science in the Next Decade
Given that a very large calculation by today’s standards is 109 - 1010 zones, we can see that treating very thin disks (H/R (cid:46) 0.01) in a full three-dimensional simulation, even with a very modest number of zones in the vertical direction (Nz ≥ 50) would take all the resources one could muster.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory
For this non-statistician reader, it is the simpler of the contributions in this volume — those by Andreon and by Kunz et al. —that point to opportuniti es for “borrowing and mustering of strength ” from earlier work by statisticia ns.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future