• WordNet 3.6
    • n reverie an abstracted state of absorption
    • n reverie absentminded dreaming while awake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reverie 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."
    • Reverie An extravagant conceit of the fancy; a vision. "There are infinite reveries and numberless extravagancies pass through both [wise and foolish minds]."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reverie A state of mental abstraction in which more or less aimless fancy predominates over the reasoning faculty; dreamy meditation; fanciful musing. The mind may be occupied, according to the age, tastes, or pursuits of the individual, by calculations, by profound metaphysical speculations, by fanciful visions, or by such trifling and transitory objects as to make no impression on consciousness, so that the period of reverie is left an entire blank in the memory. The most obvious external feature marking this state is the apparent unconsciousness or imperfect perception of external objects.
    • n reverie A waking dream; a brown study; an imaginative, fanciful, or fantastic train of thought; a day-dream.
    • n reverie The object or product of reverie or idle fancy; a visionary scheme, plan, aim, ideal, or the like; a dream.
    • n reverie In music, an instrumental composition of a vague and dreamy character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reverie rev′e-ri 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
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  • Gaston Bachelard
    “Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.”
  • Andrew Carnegie
    “Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.”
  • William Ellery Channing
    “Do anything rather than give yourself to reverie.”
  • John Locke
    “Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.”
  • Antoine Rivarol
    “To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réverie, fr. rêver, to dream, rave, be light-headed. Cf. Rave
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. resveri (Fr. rêverie)—resver, rever, to dream.


In literature:

She spoke to her, and Bessie started out of her reverie, wide-awake in an instant.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
Deep in reverie, the philosopher seemed not to heed their presence.
"The Actress in High Life" by Sue Petigru Bowen
Ella gave herself up for a few moments to reverie.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
From these reveries Mr. Gathorne Edwards was aroused by some one tapping him on the shoulder.
"Sunrise" by William Black
She was in a desponding reverie.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
Experience contradicts this sublime revery.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Fledra brought him from his reverie.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
The clock struck five and Fanny, roused from her reverie by the sudden sound, glanced out of the window.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
His reverie was broken by the approach of some of the railway officials.
"The Argosy" by Various

In poetry:

It was a happy thing to sit
So near, nor mar his reverie;
She looked not for a part in it,
So meek was she.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
And the smoke that whirls and eddies
In a thousand times and keys
Is really a visible music
Set to my reveries.
"To Me At My Fifth-Floor Window" by William Ernest Henley
How do I shell reverie?
Death done shall I keep faith?
I am your glow which sinks
in seas revolving like earth.
"Night" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
A feeling stirred in me and strengthened
That she was not my Love,
But she of the garth, who lay rapt in
Her long reverie.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
The scented seal—I break it not,
But stand in stormy revery;
I tremble as I wonder what
She who penned this will say to me.
"Anticipation" by Ellis Parker Butler
Some notes that swelled his speckled breast
Were like soft zephyrs from the west
That fall on June-blown flowers;
So full, so sweet, they lull the soul,
And like a spirit voice control
My reveries for hours.
"The Thrush" by Jared Barhite

In news:

When one imagines oneself in a Mercedes-Benz it's usually a dream of a plush luxury car ride and the comfort or the reverie of a road-hugging sports car.
" But "the revery alone will do, / If bees are few.
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.
Can nostalgic reverie be a good thing.
Joe Henry's Raw, Raucous ' Reverie '.
North Carolina Woodland Reverie .
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.
A Jazz Vocalist's Reverie .
We're listening to her recording of "We'll Meet Again," from her 2007 CD, Reverie .
Revs Revert to a Reverie from the 1950s.
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.
CULTURE- ART FEATURE- Poetic process: Exploring Mann's photographic reveries.
Joe Henry's Raw, Raucous 'Reverie'.

In science:

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