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muse (myooz) verb intr.

To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation.

verb tr.

To consider or say thoughtfully.


A state of meditation.

[Middle English musen, from Old French muser (possibly from mus, snout, from Medieval Latin musum), or of Germanic origin.]

Muse (myooz) noun

1. Any of the nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, each of whom presided over a different art or science.

2. muse A guiding spirit. A source of inspiration.

3. muse. A poet.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa.]

"Lisa McRee: And real quickly, who are the boys in the basement? Stephen King: The boys in the basement are they guys who actually do my heavy lifting. They're the muses. And we have a picture of muses as being very ethereal creatures, but I think they are nonunion labor. They are hard working guys with Camels rolled up in the sleeves of their shirts." Lisa McRee, Kevin Newman, Stephen King's "Bag of Bones", ABC Good Morning America, 23 Sep 1998.

This week's theme: words from Greek and Roman mythology.


The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men. -Emile Zola (1840-1902)


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