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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Muse mean? 

MUSE (noun)
  The noun MUSE has 2 senses:

1. in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science
2. the source of an artist's inspiration

  Familiarity information: MUSE used as a noun is rare.

MUSE (verb)
  The verb MUSE has 1 sense:

1. reflect deeply on a subject

  Familiarity information: MUSE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MUSE (noun)

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In ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("Muse" is a kind of...):

Greek deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks)

Instance hyponyms:

Calliope ((Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry)

Urania ((Greek mythology) the Muse of astronomy)

Thalia ((Greek mythology) the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry)

Terpsichore ((Greek mythology) the Muse of the dance and of choral song)

Polyhymnia ((Greek mythology) the Muse of singing and mime and sacred dance)

Melpomene ((Greek mythology) the Muse of tragedy)

Euterpe ((Greek mythology) the Muse of music (or the flute))

Erato ((Greek mythology) the Muse of lyric and love poetry)

Clio ((Greek mythology) the Muse of history)

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The source of an artist's inspiration

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

Euterpe was his muse

Hypernyms ("muse" is a kind of...):

germ; seed; source (anything that provides inspiration for later work)

MUSE (verb)

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Reflect deeply on a subject

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting


ponder; muse; mull over; mull; meditate; chew over; think over; excogitate; ruminate; reflect; speculate; contemplate

Context examples:

I mulled over the events of the afternoon / philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years / The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate

Hypernyms (to "muse" is one way to...):

cerebrate; cogitate; think (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "muse"):

puzzle (be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide)

question; wonder (place in doubt or express doubtful speculation)

cogitate (consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind)

bethink (consider or ponder something carefully)

introspect (reflect on one's own thoughts and feelings)

theologise; theologize (make theoretical speculations about theology or discuss theological subjects)

premeditate (think or reflect beforehand or in advance)

consider; study (give careful consideration to)

Sentence frame:

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