[muhs-ter] /ˈmʌs tər/
verb (used with object)
to assemble (troops, a ship’s crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge.
to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by up):
He mustered all his courage.
verb (used without object)
to assemble for inspection, service, etc., as troops or forces.
to come together; collect; assemble; gather.
an assembling of troops or persons for formal inspection or other purposes.
an assemblage or collection.
the act of mustering.
Also called muster roll. (formerly) a list of the persons enrolled in a military or naval unit.
muster in, to enlist into service in the armed forces.
muster out, to discharge from service in the armed forces:
He will be mustered out of the army in only two more months.
to call together (numbers of men) for duty, inspection, etc, or (of men) to assemble in this way
(transitive) (Austral & NZ) to round up (livestock)
(transitive) sometimes foll by up. to summon or gather: to muster one’s arguments, to muster up courage
an assembly of military personnel for duty, inspection, etc
a collection, assembly, or gathering
(Austral & NZ) the rounding up of livestock
a flock of peacocks
pass muster, to be acceptable
c.1300, “to display, reveal, appear,” from Old French mostrer “appear, show, reveal,” also in a military sense (10c., Modern French montrer), from Latin monstrare “to show,” from monstrum “omen, sign” (see monster). Meaning “to collect, assemble” is early 15c.; figurative use (of qualities, etc.) is from 1580s. To muster out “gather to be discharged from military service” is 1834, American English. To muster up in the figurative and transferred sense of “gather, summon, marshal” is from 1620s. Related: Mustered; mustering.
late 14c., “action of showing, manifestation,” from Old French mostre “illustration, proof; examination, inspection” (13c., Modern French montre), literally “that which is shown,” from mostrer (see muster (v.)). Meaning “act of gathering troops” is from c.1400. To pass musters (1570s) originally meant “to undergo military review without censure.”
In addition to the idiom beginning with muster
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noun 1. an essential possession: the mobile phone is now a must-have for children adjective 2. essential: a must-have fashion accessory adjective, noun needed or truly desirable; essential; also, something that is considered essential or truly desirable Examples DVD players are the must-have purchase of the Christmas season.
[muhs-tee] /ˈmʌs ti/ adjective, mustier, mustiest. 1. having an odor or flavor suggestive of mold, as old buildings, long-closed rooms, or stale food. 2. obsolete; outdated; antiquated: musty laws. 3. dull; apathetic. /ˈmʌstɪ/ adjective -tier, -tiest 1. smelling or tasting old, stale, or mouldy 2. old-fashioned, dull, or hackneyed: musty ideas adj. 1520s, perhaps a […]
[muhst] /mʌst/ auxiliary verb 1. to be obliged or bound to by an imperative requirement: I must keep my word. 2. to be under the necessity to; need to: Animals must eat to live. 3. to be required or compelled to, as by the use or threat of force: You must obey the law. 4. […]