muse


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Muse \Muse\, n. [From F. musse. See Muset.]
   A gap or hole in a hedge, hence, wall, or the like, through
   which a wild animal is accustomed to pass; a muset.
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         Find a hare without a muse.              --Old Prov.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Muse \Muse\, n. [F. Muse, L. Musa, Gr. ?. Cf. Mosaic, n.,
   Music.]
   1. (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.
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            Granville commands; your aid, O Muses, bring:
            What Muse for Granville can refuse to sing? --Pope.
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   Note: The names of the Muses and the arts they presided over
         were: Calliope (Epic poetry), Clio (History), Erato
         (Lyric poetry), Euterpe (music), Melpomene (Tragedy),
         Polymnia or Polyhymnia (religious music), Terpsichore
         (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy).
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   2. A particular power and practice of poetry; the
      inspirational genius of a poet. --Shak.
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   3. A poet; a bard. [R.] --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Muse \Muse\, v. t.
   1. To think on; to meditate on.
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            Come, then, expressive Silence, muse his praise.
                                                  --Thomson.
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   2. To wonder at. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Muse \Muse\, n.
   1. Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing
      scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown
      study. --Milton.
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   2. Wonder, or admiration. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Muse \Muse\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Mused; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Musing.] [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.]
   1. To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate.
      "Thereon mused he." --Chaucer.
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            He mused upon some dangerous plot.    --Sir P.
                                                  Sidney.
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   2. 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. --Daniel.
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   3. To wonder. [Obs.] --Spenser. --B. Jonson.
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   Syn: To consider; meditate; ruminate. See Ponder.
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