WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
muse /myuz/USA pronunciationv., mused, mus•ing.to think about or ponder quietly: [no object]He sat by the window, musing about the world.[used with quotations]"Maybe God doesn't play dice with the universe,'' he mused.
muse1 /myuz/USA pronunciationn. [countable]the imaginary force thought to provide inspiration to poets, writers, artists, etc.:waiting for the muse.

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muse /mjuːz/ vb
  1. when intr, often followed by on or about: to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence
  2. (intransitive) to gaze thoughtfully
n
  1. archaic a state of abstraction
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French muser, perhaps from mus snout, from Medieval Latin mūsus
muse /mjuːz/ n
  1. a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin Mūsa, from Greek Mousa a Muse



Muse /mjuːz/ n
  1. 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



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