to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
[Archaic.]to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.
to meditate on.
to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.
Middle French muser, perh. ultimately derivative of Medieval Latin mūsummuzzle
Middle English musen to mutter, gaze meditatively on, be astonished 1300–50
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cogitate, ruminate, think; dream.
1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ponder, contemplate, deliberate.
any of a number of sister goddesses, originally given as Aoede (song), Melete (meditation), and Mneme (memory), but latterly and more commonly as the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne who presided over various arts: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (lyric poetry), Euterpe (music), Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (religious music), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy); identified by the Romans with the Camenae.
any goddess presiding over a particular art.
(sometimes l.c.) the goddess or the power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like.
(l.c.) the genius or powers characteristic of a poet.
whenintr, often followed by on or about: to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence
(intransitive) to gaze thoughtfully
archaica state of abstraction
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French muser, perhaps from mus snout, from Medieval Latin mūsus
a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin Mūsa, from Greek Mousa a Muse
any of nine sister goddesses, each of whom was regarded as the protectress of a different art or science. Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the nine are Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania