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musing

[myoo-zing] /ˈmyu zɪŋ/
adjective
1.
absorbed in thought; meditative.
noun
2.
contemplation; reflection.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see muse, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
musingly, adverb
unmusing, adjective

muse

[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.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English musen to mutter, gaze meditatively on, be astonished < Middle French muser, perhaps ultimately derivative of Medieval Latin mūsum muzzle
Related forms
muser, noun
Can be confused
mews, muse.
Synonyms
1. cogitate, ruminate, think; dream. 1, 3. ponder, contemplate, deliberate.
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Examples from the web for musing
  • Now the intellectuals can start musing about the hidden strengths that overcame all those too-evident weaknesses.
  • Especially the musing about using them as print-jets.
  • Anyway, it is pure philosophical musing to justify self obsessions.
  • Any dreamy, pen-chewing poet would feel at home there, musing on mortality.
  • While he was musing in fractals and waves, it seemed time to revisit the idea of sculpting smoke.
  • The problem with visibly musing, however, is that it isn't nearly as productive as sustained periods of solitude.
  • Actual information would be appreciated, not speculation or musing.
  • And as the blog developed into round-the-clock musing and reporting, its audience grew.
  • The latter stand among the broken columns hoping for moonlight and musing on the folly of human aspiration.
  • It is also, perhaps, a time for musing about leftovers of other kinds.
British Dictionary definitions for musing

muse1

/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
Derived Forms
muser, noun
museful, adjective
musefully, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French muser, perhaps from mus snout, from Medieval Latin mūsus

muse2

/mjuːz/
noun
1.
a goddess that inspires a creative artist, esp a poet
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin Mūsa, from Greek Mousa a Muse

Muse

/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
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Word Origin and History for musing
n.

late 14c., "complaint," verbal noun from muse (v.). Meaning "pondering" is from mid-15c. Related: Musingly; musings.

muse

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).

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