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as in: her musings Define
reflect (think) deeply on a subject -- perhaps aloud
  • He mused aloud about the afternoon’s developments.
  • Let me muse on it on a while and I’ll get back to you.

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  • I muse we met not with the Dauphin’s grace,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • ...from behind his slack-faced astonishment he muses as though from beyond time, upon the ultimate outrage.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • "What will Annabeth’s makeover be?" Circe mused.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • She shakes her head, musing to herself.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Everyone has a secret life, she mused.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • musing upon the king my brother’s wreck
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Waste Land
  • "Hmmm…" he mused.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Well, college is supposed to be broadening, he muses, and there’s no doubt he’ll get broadened this year with a roommate like Cedric.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen

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  • He seemed to muse awhile, holding his lip in his hand, and looking now at me and now upon the causeway of the street.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Nice life if you can get it, she mused,
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The way the mind of a cop worked was a marvel, he mused.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Still Theresa mused all night, and the next day too.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • We mused over the thought for a while and soon the quiet stretched into long minutes
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • He was obviously morning irritable, and none of that, she mused, made him any less attractive.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • "It’s just so difficult to understand, even now," Aro mused,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Not Shade’s usual style, she mused...
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • "Ain’t many guys travel around together," he mused.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • "Maybe Monique has already left us," Gerald mused.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • "Perhaps it is for the best," Chiron mused.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • "Perhaps," Mr. Crepsley mused, tugging at his chin and stroking his scar.
    Darren Shan  --  A Living Nightmare
  • "He’s better than I’d thought," Roarke mused.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • "Tell me this," Mr. Crepsley mused. "What happens when..."
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • An hour passed, maybe two with Max sitting quietly and musing on his life.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Before Max could muse on this, the door opened and the figure slipped inside the cell.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • "A painless death," Daedalus mused.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • "Stanley had the highest historical motives for his excavations," mused Dr. Finch, "but their minds worked exactly alike.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Cook’s eyes are quiet, as if she’s lost in an inner musing.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Of course, I didn’t share any of these musings with Amy, so I’m sure I came off as the goldbricker I so often am.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She was musing over these questions in a warm and peaceful haze, on the verge of dozing, when Luke’s voice broke the silence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I thought back to the interviewer, musing over how funny it was that I’d been taught plenty of disarming techniques for interviews or negotiations, but when it came to boys, I was left to figure it out alone.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "Yes," Raphael mused.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "Good times," Mark mused as he got more comfortable.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • "Vosch could have been lying, I guess," Ben mused.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Matzoh was the only edible thing they gave us," she mused, rolling her cigarette thoughtfully between her fingers.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I went through a range of ridiculous musings that yielded nothing from Charlie.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • His own life had been the best story ever, he mused, the kind of story that should have ended on a happy note.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • In the middle of my musing she turned to look in my direction and caught me staring at her.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Aside from the lyrical; impassioned musings, there are unlikely pauses in the piece, near-silences that make it seem as if the performer has suddenly decided to cease, cannot go on, even has disappeared.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "I wonder if we’ll get to visit the White House while we’re there," Amanda mused.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Percy mused.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "At least it doesn’t say die," Kate mused.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Then Judith emerged from her own musings long enough to explain.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for coming out on this cold November night, this night that will live in history, this night that for the first time on any stage anywhere, you have listened to the smooth saxophonical musings of that prodigy of the reed, Mr. Sleepy LaBone!
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • "I don’t need to worry," the woman mused.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Musing, lost in the scene, I did not notice that the dogs were slowing and had stopped until my stomach rammed into the handlebar of the sled.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • As I mused upon the plastic flowers, an attractive black man darted from the viewing line, grabbed a handful of plastic flowers from Blossom’s stockpile, and walked swiftly to a grave fifty yards away.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • As I led Mr. Smit into the back hall, we heard him musing to himself, "I once knew a Smit on Koning Straat…."
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "Ah, how I wanted to write," he mused.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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as in: She was his muse Define
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.
  • She is my muse. She inspired all the songs on that album.

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  • The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.
    Stephen Nachmanovitch
  • 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
  • Leslie sits like the muse of tragedy; Owen Ford jokes and laughs on the surface, and watches Leslie with the eyes of his soul.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne’s House of Dreams
  • The number of guests at dinner should not be less than the number of the Graces nor exceed that of the Muses, i.e., it should begin with three and stop at nine.
    Marcus Terentius Varro
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  • It is one thing to muse about experts’ abusing their position and another to prove it.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Should she ever come to Cambridge, he would be "happy to see a person so favored by the muses."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776

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  • "I wonder where your mother stands on all this," Grandfather muses.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • "I suppose this is why people have children, isn’t it?" she muses.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I lifted myself up from the slab of stone that had served as my resting place, for how long, I could only muse.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed; For what I will, I will, and there an end.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Eve The story heard attentive, and was filled With admiration, and deep muse, to hear Of things so high and strange.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • "Your Rambouillet is in full conclave," he said, looking round at all the party; "the graces and the muses."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It was not for me to muse over bygones, but to act with a cheerful spirit and a grateful heart.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I copy’d and sent him a great part of it, which set in a strong light the folly of pursuing the Muses with any hope of advancement by them.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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  • But meanwhile she had the morning to herself, and could muse pleasantly on the disposal of its hours.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • "Monsieur, you are the only representive of the muses here," said Gringoire.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • And so doth mine: I muse why she’s at liberty.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • His fiddle is out of tune, and there is no rosin on his bow, but still he is an inspired man—the hands of the muses have been laid upon him.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Marija was one of those hungry souls who cling with desperation to the skirts of the retreating muse.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • But she would often clasp her hands behind her head and muse when she was supposed to be working hard.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • We would devote a chapter to describe the emotions of Mrs. Firkin, did not the passions of her mistresses occupy our genteeler muse.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • My mom likes to work when the muses move her.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • O Muses, O lofty genius, now assist me!
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The mirrors, the pictures had great flamboyant frames; the ceiling was deeply vaulted and painted over with naked muses and cherubs.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • "What’s the matter with these white folks?" she’d muse after reading some craziness in the New York Daily News.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • People do, all the time; he muses today, as he often does when he stands at this stop, about whether coming out here means he’s going a little crazy.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Whatever it is called—muse, insight, inspiration, "the dark finger that guides,"
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • By the river the reed-pipes, the muse’s temple, the sacred wood again.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • "Might fetch a price somewhere," Miller muses.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • (He muses.) List of possible explanations.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • "I suppose you could go west," he muses.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "Virgilio Morales …." Minerva muses aloud.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • She began to muse; she was trying to gather out of her memory the dim particulars of some tale she had heard some time or other.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Maybe, Abdullah thought, Father had sold the Wandatis his muse as well.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • People who spend every day in the week in making money, and the Sunday in going to church, have nothing to invite the muse of Comedy.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • His voice would falter and die away, and he would fall silent and muse.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • He seemed to muse on it.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Foreword I have long despised artists’ chatter about muses—"voices" that speak to them and enable a vision, the source of which they could not otherwise name.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Meanwhile, now to help summon my own muse, I tried to read Marlowe, but for some reason that lilting music failed to stir me as it usually did.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Let the high Muse chant loves Olympian: We are but mortals, and must sing of man.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • RAGUENEAU (before the fire): My muse, retire, lest thy bright eyes be reddened by the fagot’s blaze!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Miss Bart, on her way to the station, had leisure to muse over her friend’s words, and their peculiar application to herself.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I swear, if I ever met my mom’s muses, I’d give ’cause such swift kicks in the toga they wouldn’t know what hit them.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • In the attempt his genius deserts him; no muse befriends; no invention, no hope.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Yes sir, he muses, feeling a weight lift.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I thought of muses as inventions to protect one’s insight, to avoid questions like "Where do your ideas come from?"
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Paradise Lost begins with Milton calling on the muse to sing of "the Fruit/ Of that Forbidden Tree whose mortal tast/Brought death into the World and all our woe."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I am about it; but, indeed, my invention Comes from my pate as birdlime does from frize,— It plucks out brains and all: but my Muse labours, And thus she is deliver’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • These are new poetry of the first Bard[282]—poetry without stop—hymn, ode and epic,[283] poetry still flowing, Apollo[284] and the Muses[285] chanting still.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • In this crisis, however, she is saved by Marija Berczynskas, whom the muses suddenly visit.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • A battle sung by the muse in the Homerican style, and which none but the classical reader can taste.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Of these adventures, Muse, daughter of Zeus, tell us in our time, lift the great song again.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He sought to speak not a personal language but the authoritative speech of the Muses.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
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