Muse n. 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. --Old Prov.
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.
Granville commands; your aid, O Muses, bring:
What Muse for Granville can refuse to sing? --Pope.
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).
2. A particular power and practice of poetry; the inspirational genius of a poet.
3. A poet; a bard. [R.]
Muse, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Mused p. pr. & vb. n. Musing.]
1. To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate. “Thereon mused he.”
He mused upon some dangerous plot. --Sir P. Sidney.
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.
3. To wonder. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To consider; meditate; ruminate. See Ponder.
Muse, v. t.
1. To think on; to meditate on.
Come, then, expressive Silence, muse his praise. --Thomson.
2. To wonder at. [Obs.]
1. Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study.
2. Wonder, or admiration. [Obs.]
n 1: in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and
Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science
2: the source of an artist's inspiration; "Euterpe was his
v : 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" [syn: chew
over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate,
contemplate, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate,