The act of imitating.
* (act of imitating) creation
# An assemblage or display; a gathering, collection of people or things.
#* 1743 , Joseph Steele & Richard Addison, The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. :
- She seems to hear the Repetition of his Mens Names with Admiration; and waits only to answer him with as false a Muster of Lovers.
#* 1920 , Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia , Issue 13,
- Of the temporal grandees of the realm, and of their wives and daughters, the muster was great and splendid.
#* 1598 , William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1 :
- The figures from 1788 to 1825 inclusive, as already mentioned, are based on the musters taken in those years; those for subsequent years are based upon estimates made on the basis of Census results and the annual.
#* 1663 , Samuel Pepys, Diary , 4 Jul 1663:
- Come, let vs take a muster speedily: / Doomesday is neere; dye all, dye merrily.
# The sum total of an army when assembled for review and inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.
- And after long being there, I 'light, and walked to the place where the King, Duke &c., did stand to see the horse and foot march by and discharge their guns, to show a French Marquisse (for whom this muster was caused) the goodness of our firemen
- The muster was thirty thousands of men.
# (Australia, New Zealand) A roundup of livestock for inspection, branding, drenching, shearing etc.
#* 2006 , John Gilfoyle, Bloody Jackaroos! , Boolarong Press:
- Ye publish the musters of your own bands, and proclaim them to amount of thousands.
# (obsolete) Something shown for imitation; a pattern.
# (obsolete) An act of showing something; a display.
#* 1590 , Sir Philip Sidney, Arcadia , Book III:
- McGuire took the two of them out to Kidman's Bore on the Sylvester River where about two dozen stockmen from different stations had gathered to tend the muster along the edge of the Simpson Desert.
#* 1647 , Beaumont and Fletcher, The Queen of Corinth , Act 2:
- Thus all things being condignely ordered, will an ill favoured impatiencie he waited, until the next morning he might make a muster of him selfe in the Iland [...].
# A collection of peafowl (an invented term rather than one used by zoologists).
- And when you find your women's favour fail, / 'Tis ten to one you'll know yourself, and seek me, / Upon a better muster of your manners.
* pass muster
* bangtail muster
(obsolete) To show, exhibit.
To be gathered together for parade, inspection, exercise, or the like (especially of a military force); to come together as parts of a force or body.
To collect, call or assemble together, such as troops or a group for inspection, orders, display etc.
* 12 July 2012 , Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
(US) To enroll (into service).
- With the help of some low-end boosting, Dinklage musters a decent amount of kid-appropriate menace—although he never does explain his gift for finding chunks of ice shaped like pirate ships—but Romano and Leary mainly sound bored, droning through their lines as if they’re simultaneously texting the contractors building the additions on their houses funded by their fat sequel paychecks.
* muster in
* muster out
* muster up