|—vb (when intr, |
|1.||to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence|
|2.||(intr) to gaze thoughtfully|
|3.||archaic a state of abstraction|
|[C14: from Old French muser, perhaps from mus snout, from Medieval Latin mūsus]|
|a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet|
|[C14: from Old French, from Latin Mūsa, from Greek Mousa a Muse]|
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.