Word of the Day Archive
Monday July 1, 2013
1. to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by up): He mustered all his courage.
2. to assemble (troops, a ship's crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge.
3. to assemble for inspection, service, etc., as troops or forces.
4. to come together; collect; assemble; gather.
1. an assembling of troops or persons for formal inspection or other purposes.
2. an assemblage or collection.
3. the act of mustering.
4. Also called muster roll. (formerly) a list of the persons enrolled in a military or naval unit.
She stopped at one point and shut her eyes, trying to muster her strength.
-- Terry Brooks, High Druid of Shannara, 2005
Teresa had not been aware of this, and Bruce, though dimly aware, hadn't been able to muster up enough energy to be concerned.
-- Cheryl Strayed, Torch, 2007
Muster originally came from the Latin word mōnstrāre meaning "to show." It is also related to the more common English word monster.