Muse Muse, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Mused; p. pr. & vb. n. Musing.] [F. muser to loiter or trifle, orig., to stand with open mouth, fr. LL. musus, morsus, muzzle, snout, fr. L. morsus a biting, bite, fr. mordere to bite. See Morsel, and cf. Amuse, Muzzle, n.] 1. To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate. ``Thereon mused he.' --Chaucer. He mused upon some dangerous plot. --Sir P. Sidney. 2. To be absent in mind; to be so occupied in study or contemplation as not to observe passing scenes or things present; to be in a brown study. --Daniel. 3. To wonder. [Obs.] --Spenser. B. Jonson. Syn: To consider; meditate; ruminate. See Ponder., Muse Muse, v. t. 1. To think on; to meditate on. Come, then, expressive Silence, muse his praise. --Thomson. 2. To wonder at. [Obs.] --Shak., Muse Muse, n. [From F. musse. See Muset.] A gap or hole in a hedge, hence, wall, or the like, through which a wild animal is accustomed to pass; a muset. Find a hare without a muse. --Old Prov., Muse Muse, n. [F. Muse, L. Musa, Gr. ?. Cf. Mosaic, n., Music.] 1. (Class. Myth.) One of the nine goddesses who presided over song and the different kinds of poetry, and also the arts and sciences; -- often used in the plural. Granville commands; your aid, O Muses, bring: What Muse for Granville can refuse to sing? --Pope. Note: The names of the Muses were Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polymnia or Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania. 2. A particular power and practice of poetry. --Shak. 3. A poet; a bard. [R.] --Milton., Muse Muse, n. 1. Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study. --Milton. 2. Wonder, or admiration. [Obs.] --Spenser.