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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Muse


MUSE, noun s as z. [Latin musa.]

1. Properly, song; but in usage, the deity or power of poetry. Hence poets in modern times, as in ancient, invoke the aid of the muse or Muses, or in other words, the genius of poetry.

Granville commands; your aid, O Muses, bring,

What muse for Granville can refuse to sing?

2. Deep thought; close attention or contemplation which abstracts the minds from passing scenes; hence sometimes, absence of mind.

As in great muse no word to creature spake.

He was fill'd

With admiration and deep muse to hear

Of things so high and strange.

MUSE, verb intransitive s as z. [Latin musso and mussito, to mutter or murmur, to demur, to be silent. The Greek signifies to press, or utter sound with the lips compressed. The latter verb belongs to a sound uttered through the nose or with close lips, or of the same family, Latin mussitatio. The word then primarily denotes what we call humming, to hum, as persons do when idle, or alone and steadily occupied.]

1. To ponder; to think closely; to study in silence.

He mused upon some dangerous plot.

I muse on the works of thy hands. Psalms 143:5.

2. To be absent in mind; to be so occupied in study or contemplation, as not to observe passing scenes or things present.

3. To wonder.

Do not muse of me.

MUSE, verb transitive To think on; to meditate on.