Muse

Definition of Muse

n.1.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.
2.A particular power and practice of poetry; the inspirational genius of a poet.
3.A poet; a bard.
v. i.1.To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate.
[imp. & p. p. Mused ; p. pr. & vb. n. Musing.]
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.
v. t.1.To think on; to meditate on.
Come, then, expressive Silence, muse his praise.
- Thomson.
2.To wonder at.
n.1.Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study.
2.Wonder, or admiration.

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