muse

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See also: Muse, musé, Muße, and muše

English[edit]

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Three musæ Clio, Euterpe, and Thalia

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French muse, from Latin Mūsa, from Ancient Greek Μοῦσα (Moûsa).

Noun[edit]

muse (plural muses)

  1. A source of inspiration.
  2. (archaic) A poet; a bard.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
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The plural musae can also be found, though it is much rarer than muses.

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Etymology 2[edit]

First attested in 1340. From Old French muser.

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muse (third-person singular simple present muses, present participle musing, simple past and past participle mused)

  1. (intransitive) To become lost in thought, to ponder.
  2. (transitive) To say (something) with due consideration or thought.
  3. (transitive) To think on; to meditate on.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Thomson
      Come, then, expressive Silence, muse his praise.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36: 
      It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […];  […]; or perhaps to muse on the irrelevance of the borders that separate nation states and keep people from understanding their shared environment.
  4. (transitive) To wonder at.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
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muse (plural muses)

  1. An act of musing; a period of thoughtfulness.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.xii:
      still he sate long time astonished / As in great muse, ne word to creature spake.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 416:
      He fell into a muse and pulled his upper lip.

Etymology 3[edit]

From French musse. See muset.

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muse (plural muses)

  1. A gap or hole in a hedge, fence, etc. through which a wild animal is accustomed to pass; a muset.
    Find a hare without a muse. (old proverb)

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muse f (plural muses)

  1. artistic inspiration
  2. muse (specific artistic subject)

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muse

  1. first-person singular present indicative of muser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of muser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of muser
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of muser
  5. second-person singular imperative of muser

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muse f

  1. plural form of musa

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