revery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n revery an abstracted state of absorption
    • n revery absentminded dreaming while awake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Revery A loose or irregular train of thought occurring in musing or mediation; deep musing; daydream. "Rapt in nameless reveries .""When ideas float in our mind without any reflection or regard of the understanding, it is that which the French call revery , our language has scarce a name for it."
    • Revery An extravagant conceit of the fancy; a vision. "There are infinite reveries and numberless extravagancies pass through both [wise and foolish minds]."
    • n Revery Same as Reverie.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n revery See reverie.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Revery an irregular train of thoughts or fancies in meditation: voluntary inactivity of the external senses to the impressions of surrounding objects during wakefulness: mental abstraction: a waking dream: a brown study
    • Revery Same as Reverie.
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Quotations

  • Gaston Bachelard
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    “Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.”
  • Andrew Carnegie
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    “Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.”
  • William Ellery Channing
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    “Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.”
  • John Locke
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    “Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.”
  • Antoine Rivarol
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    “To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réverie, fr. rêver, to dream, rave, be light-headed. Cf. Rave

Usage

In literature:

Those works, however, whether a romance or a sermon, which do not interest us so much as to induce reverie, may nevertheless incline us to sleep.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
I had fallen into a reverie.
"The Man-Wolf and Other Tales" by Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
And so musing, Nora fell asleep, and her reverie passed into dreams.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
I was lost in reverie, when Timothy returned.
"Japhet, In Search Of A Father" by Frederick Marryat
Salome fell into a deep reverie.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
As he sat and watched the dying embers, he fell into a reverie concerning the events of the evening.
"Adèle Dubois" by Mrs. William T. Savage
As he sat by himself in the still watches of the night, plunged in silent reverie, strange fancies began to fill his brain.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
As she closed her eyes, she fell into a not unhappy reverie.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
The harsh scream of a bluejay struck a discord through her reverie.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Barbican surrendered himself up to a reverie regarding the mysterious destinies of the lunar world.
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
As he sat alone, in revery, he actually heaved a deep sigh.
"Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2" by Various
She poured out some chocolate, took it hurriedly, and quitted the room, leaving her husband in a disheartening reverie.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The sound of carriage wheels roused him from his reverie.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Often and anxiously the Cabalist shot a glance at his companion, and then again relapsed into reverie.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
He mused in fascinated reverie over the dazzling incident of the day.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Lady Aphrodite has returned home: she hurries to her apartment, she falls in a sweet reverie, her head leans upon her hand.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
The latching of the gate broke up her depressing reverie, and banished the pinched and pining look from her features.
"A Summer Evening's Dream" by Edward Bellamy
It was no song, no variations on well-known airs; it was some marvellous reverie; a frameless picture, a landscape without horizon.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Mr. Graham had fallen into a reverie.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
She looked up as if she had come from a reverie.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
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In poetry:

No unsubstantial shapes are they,--
The offspring of the mist and sea;
No splendid vision of Cathay,
Recalled in dreamful revery;
"Corsica" by John Lawson Stoddard
Her children's children they shall know
The good withheld from her;
And so her reverie takes prophetic cheer--
In spirit she sees the stir.
""Formerly A Slave"" by Herman Melville
And is it right, this mood of mind
That thus, in revery enshrined,
Can in the world mere topics find
For musing stricture,
Seeing the life of humankind
Only as picture?
"Fancy's Casuistry" by James Russell Lowell
Five cushions hath my hand, for reveries;
And one deep pillow for thy brow's fatigues;
Languor of June all winterlong, and ease
For ever from the vain untravelled leagues.
"My Shy Hand" by Wilfred Owen
'T is there thou bid'st a deeper ardour glow,
And higher, purer reveries completest;
As drops that farthest from the ocean flow,
Refining all the way, from springs the sweetest.
"Morning" by Maria Gowen Brooks
"Where in mild and friendly clime
You will lose all count of time,
See the seasons blend in one,
Under sovereignty of sun;
Day with day resolve in rhyme,
Reveries and nothing done.
"Escape" by Robert W Service

In news:

A reverie more than a drama, this production is enthralling.
" But "the revery alone will do, / If bees are few.
Located on Cherokee Street on the second floor of the former Globe Drug–Discount Variety Store, Pig Slop has been flying the flag of freakdom, intoxication and mutant reverie since August 2010.
Three members of the hob 'art gallery are participating in an exhibit titled "REVERIE" which is on view at the gallery at 720 Monroe St, Hoboken, until Sept 9.
Swedish stunner Victoria Silvstedt (um, that's her on the left) crashes a lumpy sunbather's beachside reverie while cavorting among the waves in the paradise of St Barts.
Over the last 2 years, Grace has hosted the KDHX program Nomadic Reverie, titled, in part, after the Bonnie Prince Billy song, and partly after her own biography.
Can nostalgic reverie be a good thing.
Joe Henry's Raw, Raucous ' Reverie '.
North Carolina Woodland Reverie .
A Jazz Vocalist's Reverie .
We're listening to her recording of "We'll Meet Again," from her 2007 CD, Reverie .
Reverie on the river.
An Unsentimental Reverie on the Life Cycle of Nature.
The quintet usually specialize in beard-y reverie, somewhere between Built to Spill's guitar majesty and Seventies AM folk of America.
Joe Henry's Raw, Raucous 'Reverie'.
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In science:

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A Wiki for Mizar: Motivation, Considerations, and Initial Prototype
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