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1  —as in:
her musings
Definition reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
  • He mused aloud about the afternoon's developments.
mused = reflected (thought) deeply
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Let me muse on it on a while and I'll get back to you.
  • muse = reflect (think) deeply
  • I muse we met not with the Dauphin's grace,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • Before Max could muse on this, the door opened and the figure slipped inside the cell.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • muse = think (reflect) — sometimes (and typically by this author) aloud
  • An hour passed, maybe two with Max sitting quietly and musing on his life.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • musing = reflecting (thinking) deeply on a subject
  • We mused over the thought for a while and soon the quiet stretched into long minutes
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • mused = reflected (thought) deeply on a subject
  • Still Theresa mused all night, and the next day too.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • mused = thought (reflected deeply) on a subject
  • This would not do, I mused, as the class proceeded with its sums.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • mused = thought
  • He said musingly: "You see, I loved Leslie."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • musingly = while reflecting (thinking deeply or remembering)
  • Not only because I've never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
musings = thoughts

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2  —as in:
She was his muse
Definition the source of an artist's inspiration - especially a person or mythological goddess
  • She was his muse. He hasn't written anything of quality since she left.
muse = the source of an artist's inspiration
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She is my muse. She inspired all the songs on that album.
  • muse = the source of an artist's inspiration
  • The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.
    Stephen Nachmanovitch
  • Each is as true today as it will always be, and for Nathaniel the music is both medicine and muse, no less an inspiration now than it was before his fall.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • muse = source of inspiration
  • But on that fateful day, the thought of taking scalpel to Sister Mary Joseph Praise—his surgical assistant, his closest confidante, his typist, his muse, and the woman he realized he loved—terrified him.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • muse = source of inspiration
  • I can name the nine Muses and the seven loves of Zeus.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • muses = mythological goddesses thought to inspire artists
  • Lewis Carroll's Muse Alice Liddell to marry Prince Leopold
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • muse = source of inspiration
  • Nathaniel plays Bach and Beethoven as if he's a young student again, the music filled with a sense of urgency and possibility. Every few minutes he turns toward the dresser, checking in with his mother and his muse.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Wouldn't you really like to be a tenth Muse, then, Maggie?
    Eliot, George  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • My Muse may be excused if she is silent henceforth.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience

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Less commonly:
More rarely, Muse or muses may refer to the 9 mythological goddesses of art.

Much more rarely, muse is used as a synonym for "poet".
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