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musing

[myoo-zing] /ˈmyu zɪŋ/
adjective
1.
absorbed in thought; meditative.
noun
2.
contemplation; reflection.
Origin of musing
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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  • Mason thrust the message in his pocket, musing as he did so.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • "I don't see why Robert hasn't been and let me know of this," said Mr. Paine, musing.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I did not reply; but his words set me musing, and, an hour after, I left Buckley and returned to Applethorpe.

    Lord Montagu's Page G. P. R. James
  • "Yes, it's a good place for you to be in—I'm sure of that," said the other, musing again.

  • Tom, brought suddenly out of his fit of musing, jammed on the brakes, and steered to one side.

  • "I heard someone say that in a play once," said Betty musing.

  • I held my peace this time, musing on that broad marble with its one deep-cut line, "The Death of God."

    Spanish Highways and Byways Katharine Lee Bates
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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