Muse

Definitions

  • At the Musee
    At the Musee
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v muse reflect deeply on a subject "I mulled over the events of the afternoon","philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years","The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
    • n muse the source of an artist's inspiration "Euterpe was his muse"
    • n Muse in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Today the painting hangs in the Musee du Louvre, Paris, France.
    • n Muse A gap or hole in a hedge, hence, wall, or the like, through which a wild animal is accustomed to pass; a muset. "Find a hare without a muse ."
    • Muse A particular power and practice of poetry; the inspirational genius of a poet.
    • Muse A poet; a bard.
    • Muse Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study.
    • Muse (Class. Myth) One of the nine goddesses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who presided over song and the different kinds of poetry, and also the arts and sciences; -- often used in the plural. At one time certain other goddesses were considered as muses. "Granville commands; your aid, O Muses, bring:
      What Muse for Granville can refuse to sing?"
    • Muse To be absent in mind; to be so occupied in study or contemplation as not to observe passing scenes or things present; to be in a brown study.
    • Muse To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate. "Thereon mused he.""He mused upon some dangerous plot."
    • Muse To think on; to meditate on. "Come, then, expressive Silence, muse his praise."
    • Muse To wonder at.
    • Muse To wonder.
    • Muse Wonder, or admiration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • muse To ponder; meditate; reflect continuously and in silence; be in a brown study.
    • muse To be astonished; be surprised; wonder.
    • muse To gaze meditatively.
    • muse Synonyms Meditate, reflect, etc. (see list under contemplate), cogitate, ruminate, brood.
    • muse To meditate on; think of reflectively.
    • muse To wonder at.
    • n muse The act of musing; meditation; reverie; absent-mindedness; contemplative thought.
    • n muse Wonder; surprise.
    • n muse In Greek myth, one of the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who according to the earliest writers were goddesses of memory, then inspiring goddesses of song, and according to later ideas divinities presiding over the different kinds of poetry, and over the sciences and arts, while at the same time having as their especial province springs and limpid streams. Their number appears in the Homeric poems not to be fixed; later it seems to have been put at three, but afterward they are always spoken of as nine: Clio, the Muse of heroic exploits, or of history; Euterpe, of Dionysiac music and the double flute; Thalia, of gaiety, pastoral life, and comedy; Melpomene, of song and harmony, and of tragedy; Terpsichore, of choral dance and song; Erato, of erotic poetry and the lyre: Polymnia or Polyhymnia, of the inspired and stately hymn; Urania, of astronomical and other celestial phenomena; and Calliope, the chief of the Muses, of poetic inspiration, of eloquence, and of heroic or epic poetry. The Muses were intimately associated in legend and in art with Apollo, who, as the chief guardian and leader of their company, was called Musagetes.
    • n muse [cap. or lowercase] An inspiring power; poetic inspiration: often spoken of and apostrophized by poets as a goddess.
    • n muse A poet; a bard.
    • n muse An opening in a fence through which a hare or other game is accustomed to pass. Also muset.
    • n muse A loophole; a means of escape.
    • n muse The mouthpiece or wind-pipe of a bagpipe. Also written smuse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Muse mūz to study in silence: to be absent-minded: to meditate
    • n Muse deep thought: contemplation: absence of mind: the inspiring power, as of a poet
    • n Muse mūz one of the nine goddesses of poetry, music, and the other liberal arts—daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne: an inspiring poetic inspiration:
    • Muse Names of the Muses:—Calliope, of epic poetry
    • n Muse mūz (Milt.) an inspired poet
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Quotations

  • Sir William Watson
    Sir William Watson
    “And must I wholly banish hence these red and golden juices, and pay my vows to Abstinence, that pallidest of Muses?”
  • Eliza Farnham
    Eliza Farnham
    “Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.”
  • William S. Burroughs
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    “So cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
  • Susan Sontag
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    “Perversity is the muse of modern literature.”
  • Franco Zeffirelli
    Franco Zeffirelli
    “I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
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    “Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. muser, to loiter or trifle, orig., to stand with open mouth, fr. LL. musus, morsus, muzzle, snout, fr. L. morsus, a biting, bite, fr. mordere, to bite. See Morsel, and cf. Amuse Muzzle (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. musa—Gr. mousa.

Usage

In literature:

Thus communing with himself, he sauntered along, musing over Henrietta Temple, and building bright castles in the air.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
They have been very happy,' said Mr. Ferrers, musingly; 'very happy, indeed.
"Sketches The Carrier Pigeon, The Consul's Daughter, Walstein--Or A Cure For Melancholy, The Court Of Egypt, The Valley Of Thebes, Egyptian Thebes, Shoubra Eden And Lebanon, A Syrian Sketch, The Bosphorus, An Interview With A Great Turk, Munich, The Spirit Of Whiggism" by Benjamin Disraeli
Muses, with whom I converse!
"The Heroic Enthusiasts,(1 of 2) (Gli Eroici Furori)" by Giordano Bruno
In the first Apollo appeared in company with the muses.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
He returned home, softly musing.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Will you sit down and muse upon them, or will you deposit them in a cellar, and go down once a day to stare at them?
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
Meanwhile, Amelia followed nervously in the track of Enoch's talk with cousin Josiah, though her mind kept its undercurrent of foolish musing.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
TO AURELIUS AND FURIUS IN DEFENCE OF HIS MUSE'S HONESTY.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
And younger," mused the speaker in a low voice, "that's the devil of it!
"The Cricket on the Hearth" by Charles Dickens
Active work, that would have really tired her, and left her no time for melancholy musings, would have been far better for her.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
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In poetry:

So day by day and week by week,
In sad and weary thought,
They muse, whom God hath set to seek
The souls His Christ hath bought.
"Fifth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Roslin's towers! and braes sae bonny!
Craigs and water, woods and glen!
Roslin's banks! unpeer'd by ony
Save the muses' Hawthornden!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
And while I muse, the fated earth
Into a colder current dips,—
Feels winter's scourge, with summer's kiss
Still warm upon her lips.
"November" by Maurice Thompson
And being more pitiful than Love
Stooped glowing from her path above,
And an unearthly kiss
Laid on my lips: Muse, answer, what is this?
"Love And The Muse" by Mathilde Blind
When upon the gray rock musing
'Neath the tree by childhood's home,
In the wild bird's note so soothing
Tenderly these strains will come.
"Musings" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
'Tis sad—but yet 'tis well, be sure,
We on the sight should muse awhile,
Nor deem our shelter all secure
E'en in the Church's holiest aisle.
"St. Luke" by John Keble

In news:

Monday's Musing : Avoiding Social Media Fatigue Through Engagement.
That's a lot of " musings " to scratch out into a collection of observations that folks want to read as part of their weekly routine.
I'll take 'anxiety' for $800, Alex: One man's musing on attempted game show stardom.
Musing with tech's top people.
Belle Isle Sees the Reunion of Reiner and Freeman for Another Magical Musing on Growing Old.
John Muse stopped 29 of 30 shots to help lead the Florida Everblades to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night over the Las Vegas Wranglers in Game 4 of the Kelly Cup Finals at Germain Arena.
IN DARK, THREATENING TIMES LIKE THESE, MAYBE IT'S BETTER NOT TO GET a world-class novelist to start musing about the global gloom that hangs so heavily around us.
Another batch of muses for everyone.
Off-Day Musings: Bandwagoners- A Play In Two Acts.
White Buffalo You catch some stately musings at a solo acoustic performance by the West Coast singer-songwriter.
Muse unveil 2013 US tour dates.
It's Plants as Muse in a Big Group Show at a Manhattan Bank.
Richard Egarr demonstrates pianoforte 's elegance with music and musings at Clarice Smith Center.
Nicolas Poussin 1594–1665 Paris, September 1994–January 1995, by catalog of the exhibition at the Grand Palais, Pierre Rosenberg, by Louis-Antoine Prat Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 558 pp.
Sometime between last week's musings about bears freely roaming our neighborhoods and Sunday's closing ceremony of the London.
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In science:

In the authors’ opinion, a number of experimental facts that stimulated musing on the root of the Chernobyl accident have not been explained convincingly.
On the possible physical mechanism of Chernobyl catastrophe and the unsoundness of official conclusion
Bacon “Probing unexplored territories with MUSE: a second generation instrument for VLT”, Proc.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
The key link between theoretical musings about various theories of SUSY or other new physics, and the experimental observation of particle tracks and calorimeter depositions in collider detectors is the event generator program.
Computational Tools for Supersymmetry Calculations
I was teaching at the Zurich [1909-1910] and at the Prague universities of theoretical physics, I mused incessantly over the problem [gravitation]. 1912, when I was appointed to the Zurich Polytechnic, I was considerably closer to the solution of the problem.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
Let us now muse on the computation in formula (5) and try to figure out a mean to proceed with this correspondence.
Refining a Quantitative Information Flow Metric
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