Muses



[myooz] /myuz/

verb (used without object), mused, musing.
1.
to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
2.
Archaic. to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.
verb (used with object), mused, musing.
3.
to meditate on.
4.
to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.
[myooz] /myuz/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology.

2.
(sometimes lowercase) the goddess or the power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like.
3.
(lowercase) the genius or powers characteristic of a poet.
/mjuːz/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by on or about. to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence
2.
(intransitive) to gaze thoughtfully
noun
3.
(archaic) a state of abstraction
/mjuːz/
noun
1.
a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet
/mjuːz/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) 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
v.

“to reflect, to be absorbed in thought,” mid-14c., from Old French muser (12c.) “to ponder, dream, wonder; loiter, waste time,” literally “to stand with one’s nose in the air” (or, possibly, “to sniff about” like a dog who has lost the scent), from muse “muzzle,” from Gallo-Romance *musa “snout,” of unknown origin. Probably influenced in sense by muse (n.). Related: Mused; musing.
n.

late 14c., protectors of the arts, from Old French Muse and directly from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa, “the Muse,” also “music, song,” from PIE root *men- “to think, remember” (see mind (n.)). Meaning “inspiring goddess of a particular poet” is from late 14c. The traditional names and specialties of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, are: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love poetry, lyric art), Euterpe (music, especially flute), Melpomene (tragedy), Polymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), Urania (astronomy).

Nine goddesses of classical mythology who presided over learning and the arts. They were especially associated with poetry. Ancient Greek or Roman writers would often begin their poems by asking for the aid of the Muses in their composition.

Note: Writers and artists to this day speak of their “muse,” meaning their source of inspiration.

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