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Monday, July 01, 2013

muster

\MUHS-ter\ , verb;
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.
noun:
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.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Muster originally came from the Latin word mōnstrāre meaning "to show." It is also related to the more common English word monster.
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