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Muse Definition

The nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne who inspired artists and musicians. Four of the daughters: Calliope, Euterpe, Erato and Polyhymnia were specifically responsible for inspiring poets.

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[n] the source of an artist's inspiration; "Euterpe was his muse"
[n] in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science
[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"

Misc. Definitions

\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. Find a hare without a muse. --Old Prov.
\Muse\, n. [F. Muse, L. Musa, Gr. ?. Cf. {Mosaic}, n., {Music}.]
1. (Class. Myth.) One of the nine goddesses who presided over song and the different kinds of poetry, and also the arts and sciences; -- often used in the plural. Granville commands; your aid, O Muses, bring: What Muse for Granville can refuse to sing? --Pope. Note: The names of the Muses were Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polymnia or Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania.
2. A particular power and practice of poetry. --Shak.
3. A poet; a bard. [R.] --Milton.
\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. 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. --Daniel.
3. To wonder. [Obs.] --Spenser. B. Jonson. 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.] --Shak.
\Muse\, n.
1. Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study. --Milton.
2. Wonder, or admiration. [Obs.] --Spenser.

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