Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Muscosity noun [ Latin muscosus mossy, from muscus moss.] Mossiness. Jonhson.
Muscovado adjective [ Corrupted from Spanish mascabado ; confer Portuguese mascavado , French moscouade , noun , formerly also mascovade , Italian mascavato .] Pertaining to, or of the nature of, unrefined or raw sugar, obtained from the juice of the sugar cane by evaporating and draining off the molasses. Muscovado sugar contains impurities which render it dark colored and moist.
Muscovado noun Unrefined or raw sugar.
[ See Muscovy glass
.] 1. A native or inhabitant of Muscovy or ancient Russia; hence, a Russian. 2. (Min.) Common potash mica. See Mica .
Muscovy duck [ A corruption of musk duck.] (Zoology) A duck ( Cairina moschata ), larger than the common duck, often raised in poultry yards. Called also musk duck . It is native of tropical America, from Mexico to Southern Brazil.
[ From Muscovy
, the old name of Russia: confer F. verre de Moscovie
.] Mica; muscovite. See Mica .
[ Confer French musculaire
. See Muscle
.] 1. Of or pertaining to a muscle, or to a system of muscles; consisting of, or constituting, a muscle or muscles; as, muscular fiber.
Great muscular strength, accompanied by much awkwardness. Macaulay. 2. Performed by, or dependent on, a muscle or the muscles.
motion." Arbuthnot. 3. Well furnished with muscles; having well- developed muscles; brawny; hence, strong; powerful; vigorous; as, a muscular body or arm. Muscular Christian
, one who believes in a part of religious duty to maintain a healthful and vigorous physical state. T. Hughes.
-- Muscular Christianity
. (a) The practice and opinion of those Christians who believe that it is a part of religious duty to maintain a vigorous condition of the body, and who therefore approve of athletic sports and exercises as conductive to good health, good morals, and right feelings in religious matters. T. Hughes. (b) An active, robust, and cheerful Christian life, as opposed to a meditative and gloomy one. C. Kingsley.
-- Muscular excitability (Physiol.)
, that property in virtue of which a muscle shortens, when it is stimulated; irritability.
-- Muscular sense (Physiol.)
, muscular sensibility; the sense by which we obtain knowledge of the condition of our muscles and to what extent they are contracted, also of the position of the various parts of our bodies and the resistance offering by external objects.
Muscularity noun The state or quality of being muscular. Grew.
Muscularize transitive verb To make muscular. Lowell.
Muscularly adverb In a muscular manner.
Musculation noun (Anat.) The muscular system of an animal, or of any of its parts.
Musculature noun [ Confer French musculature .] (Anat.) Musculation.
Muscule noun [ Latin musculus : confer French muscule .] (Mil.) A long movable shed used by besiegers in ancient times in attacking the walls of a fortified town.
[ Latin musculus
a muscle.] (Physiol. Chem.) See Syntonin .
Musculocutaneous adjective [ Latin musculus + English cutaneous .] (Anat.) Pertaining both to muscles and skin; as, the musculocutaneous nerve.
Musculophrenic adjective [ Latin musculus muscle + English phrenic .] (Anat.) Pertaining to the muscles and the diaphragm; as, the musculophrenic artery.
Musculosity noun The quality or state of being musculous; muscularity. [ Obsolete]
Musculospiral adjective [ Latin musculus muscle + English spiral .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the muscles, and taking a spiral course; -- applied esp. to a large nerve of the arm.
Musculous adjective [ Latin musculosus : confer French musculeux .] Muscular. [ Obsolete] Jonhson.
[ From French 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.
[ French Muse
, Latin Musa
, Greek .... Confer Mosaic
.] 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: Pope.
What Muse for Granville can refuse to sing?
» The names of the Muses were Calliope
, and Urania
. 2. A particular power and practice of poetry. Shak. 3. A poet; a bard.
[ R.] Milton.
Muse intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mused
; present participle & verbal noun Musing
.] [ French muser
to loiter or trifle, orig., to stand with open mouth, from Late Latin musus
, muzzle, snout, from Latin morsus
a biting, bite, from mordere
to bite. See Morsel
, and confer Amuse
] 1. To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate.
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.
[ Obsolete] Spenser. B. Jonson. Syn.
-- To consider; meditate; ruminate. See Ponder
Muse transitive verb 1. To think on; to meditate on.
Come, then, expressive Silence, muse his praise. Thomson. 2. To wonder at.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
1. Contemplation which abstracts the mind from passing scenes; absorbing thought; hence, absence of mind; a brown study. Milton. 2. Wonder, or admiration. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Museful adjective Meditative; thoughtfully silent. " Museful mopings." Dryden. - - Muse"ful*ly , adverb
Museless adjective Unregardful of the Muses; disregarding the power of poetry; unpoetical. Milton.
Muser noun One who muses.
[ Old French mussette
, dim. of musse
, a hiding place, from French musser
, Old French mucier
, to conceal, hide. Confer Micher
.] A small hole or gap through which a wild animal passes; a muse. Shak.
Musette noun [ French, dim. of Old French muse .]
1. A small bagpipe formerly in use, having a soft and sweet tone. 2. An air adapted to this instrument; also, a kind of rustic dance.
[ Latin , a temple of the Muses, hence, a place of study, from Greek ..., from ... a Muse.] A repository or a collection of natural, scientific, or literary curiosities, or of works of art. Museum beetle
, Museum pest
. (Zoology) See Anthrenus .
[ Confer Gael. mus
, pap, porridge, any thick preparation of fruit, Old High German muos
; akin to Anglo-Saxon & Old Saxon mōs
food, and prob, to English meat
. See Meat
.] Meal (esp. Indian meal) boiled in water; hasty pudding; supawn.
Mush transitive verb [ Confer French moucheter to cut with small cuts.] To notch, cut, or indent, as cloth, with a stamp.
Mush noun [ Perh. short for mush on , a corrupt of English marchons , the cry of the voyageurs and coureurs de bois to their dogs.] A march on foot, esp. across the snow with dogs; as, he had a long mush before him; -- also used attributively. [ Colloq., Alaska & Northwestern U. S.]
Mush intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mushed
; present participle & verbal noun Mushing
.] To travel on foot, esp. across the snow with dogs.
-- transitive verb To cause to travel or journey.
[ Rare] [ Colloq., Alaska & Northwestern U. S.]
Mush transitive verb To notch, cut, or indent, as cloth, with a stamp.
[ Middle English muscheron
, Old French mouscheron
, French mousseron
; perhaps from mousse
moss, of German origin. See Moss
.] 1. (Botany) (a) An edible fungus ( Agaricus campestris ), having a white stalk which bears a convex or oven flattish expanded portion called the pileus . This is whitish and silky or somewhat scaly above, and bears on the under side radiating gills which are at first flesh-colored, but gradually become brown. The plant grows in rich pastures and is proverbial for rapidity of growth and shortness of duration. It has a pleasant smell, and is largely used as food. It is also cultivated from spawn. (b) Any large fungus, especially one of the genus Agaricus ; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous. 2. One who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an upstart. Bacon.
Mushroom adjective 1. Of or pertaining to mushrooms; as, mushroom catchup. 2. Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness of duration; short-lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities. Mushroom anchor
, an anchor shaped like a mushroom, capable of grasping the ground in whatever way it falls.
-- Mushroom coral (Zoology)
, any coral of the genus Fungia. See Fungia .
-- Mushroom spawn (Botany)
, the mycelium, or primary filamentous growth, of the mushroom; also, cakes of earth and manure containing this growth, which are used for propagation of the mushroom.
Mushroom-headed adjective (Botany) Having a cylindrical body with a convex head of larger diameter; having a head like that of a mushroom.
Mushy adjective Soft like mush; figuratively, good-naturedly weak and effusive; weakly sentimental.
She 's not mushy , but her heart is tender. G. Eliot.
[ French musique
, from Latin musica
, Greek ... (sc. ...), any art over which the Muses presided, especially music, lyric poetry set and sung to music, from ... belonging to Muses or fine arts, from ... Muse.] 1. The science and the art of tones, or musical sounds, i. e. , sounds of higher or lower pitch, begotten of uniform and synchronous vibrations, as of a string at various degrees of tension; the science of harmonical tones which treats of the principles of harmony, or the properties, dependences, and relations of tones to each other; the art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear.
» Not all sounds
. Sounds may be unmusical and yet please the ear. Music
deals with tones
, and with no other sounds. See Tone
. 2. (a) Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones. (b) Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones. 3. The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score. 4. Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.
The man that hath no music in himself Shak. 5. (Zoology) A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation . Magic music
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
, a game in which a person is guided in finding a hidden article, or in doing a specific art required, by music which is made more loud or rapid as he approaches success, and slower as he recedes. Tennyson.
-- Music box
. See Musical box , under Musical .
-- Music hall
, a place for public musical entertainments.
-- Music loft
, a gallery for musicians, as in a dancing room or a church.
- - Music of the spheres
, the harmony supposed to be produced by the accordant movement of the celestial spheres.
-- Music paper
, paper ruled with the musical staff, for the use of composers and copyists.
-- Music pen
, a pen for ruling at one time the five lines of the musical staff.
-- Music shell (Zoology)
, a handsomely colored marine gastropod shell ( Voluta musica ) found in the East Indies; -- so called because the color markings often resemble printed music. Sometimes applied to other shells similarly marked.
-- To face the music
, to meet any disagreeable necessity without flinching.
[ Colloq. or Slang]
Music drama An opera in which the text and action are not interrupted by set arias, duets, etc., the music being determined throughout by dramatic appropriateness; musical drama of this character, in general. It involves the use of a kind of melodious declamation, the development of leitmotif, great orchestral elaboration, and a fusion of poetry, music, action, and scene into an organic whole. The term is applied esp. to the later works of Wagner: "Tristan und Isolde," "Die Meistersinger," "Rheingold," "Walküre," "Siegfried," "Götterdämmerung," and "Parsifal."
Music hall A place for public musical entertainments; specif. (Eng.), esp. a public hall for vaudeville performances, in which smoking and drinking are usually allowed in the auditorium.
[ Confer French musical
.] Of or pertaining to music; having the qualities of music; or the power of producing music; devoted to music; melodious; harmonious; as, musical proportion; a musical voice; musical instruments; a musical sentence; musical persons. Musical
, or Music
, a box or case containing apparatus moved by clockwork so as to play certain tunes automatically.
-- Musical fish (Zoology)
, any fish which utters sounds under water, as the drumfish, grunt, gizzard shad, etc.
-- Musical glasses
, glass goblets or bowls so tuned and arranged that when struck, or rubbed, they produce musical notes. Confer Harmonica , 1.
Musical noun 1. Music.
To fetch home May with their musical . Spenser. 2. A social entertainment of which music is the leading feature; a musical party.
Musicale noun [ French Confer Soirée musicale .] A social musical party. [ Colloq.]
Musically adverb In a musical manner.
Musicalness noun The quality of being musical.
Musician noun [ French musicien .] One skilled in the art or science of music; esp., a skilled singer, or performer on a musical instrument.
Musicomania noun [ Music + mania : confer French musicomanie .] (Medicine) A kind of monomania in which the passion for music becomes so strong as to derange the intellectual faculties. Dunglison.