Show vs Muster - What's the difference?

show | muster |

As verbs the difference between show and muster

is that show is to display, to have somebody see (something) while muster is (obsolete) to show, exhibit.

As nouns the difference between show and muster

is that show is (countable) a play, dance, or other entertainment while muster is gathering.



Alternative forms

* shew (archaic)


  • To display, to have somebody see (something).
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part. Thus outraged, she showed herself to be a bold as well as a furious virago. Next day she found her way to their lodgings and tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head.}}
  • To bestow; to confer.
  • to show''' mercy; to '''show favour
  • To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.
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  • To guide or escort.
  • To be visible, to be seen.
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Just such she shows before a rising storm.
  • * (1809-1892)
  • All round a hedge upshoots, and shows / At distance like a little wood.
  • *
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage='Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed .}}
  • (informal) To put in an appearance; show up.
  • (informal) To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant.
  • (racing) To finish third, especially of horses or dogs.
  • (obsolete) To have a certain appearance, such as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • My lord of York, it better showed with you.

    Usage notes

    In the past, shew'' was used as a past tense form and ''shewed as a past participle of this verb; both forms are now archaic.


    * (display) display, indicate, point out, reveal, exhibit * (indicate a fact to be true) demonstrate, prove * (put in an appearance) arrive, show up


    * (display) conceal, cover up, hide * (indicate a fact to be true) disprove, refute

    Derived terms

    * show a clean pair of heels * show ankle * * show off * show one's true colors * show one's true stripes * show somebody the door * show up

    See also

    * showcase * showdown


    (en noun)
  • (countable) A play, dance, or other entertainment.
  • * , chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show . He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.}}
  • (countable) An exhibition of items.
  • (countable) A demonstration.
  • (countable) A broadcast program/programme.
  • (countable) A movie.
  • (uncountable) Mere display or pomp with no substance.
  • * Young
  • I envy none their pageantry and show .
  • A project or presentation.
  • Let's get on with the show'''.   Let's get this '''show''' on the road.   They went on an international road '''show''' to sell the shares to investors.   It was Apple's usual dog and pony ' show .
  • The major leagues.
  • (mining, obsolete) A pale blue flame at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of firedamp.
  • (Raymond)
  • (obsolete) Semblance; likeness; appearance.
  • * Bible, Luke xx. 46. 47
  • Beware of the scribes,which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers.
  • * (John Milton)
  • He through the midst unmarked, / In show plebeian angel militant / Of lowest order, passed.
  • (medicine) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occurring a short time before labor.
  • Synonyms

    * (exhibition) exhibition, exposition * (demonstration) demonstration, illustration, proof * program(me) * (mere display with no substance) , front, superficiality * (baseball) big leagues

    Derived terms

    * showbusiness, showbiz * show business * showlike * showy * talk show

    See also

    * showman * showpiece * show-stopper * show-stopping






    (en noun)
  • Gathering.
  • # 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.
  • #* Macaulay
  • Of the temporal grandees of the realm, and of their wives and daughters, the muster was great and splendid.
  • #* 1920 , Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia , Issue 13,
  • 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.
  • #
  • #* 1598 , William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1 :
  • Come, let vs take a muster speedily: / Doomesday is neere; dye all, dye merrily.
  • #* 1663 , Samuel Pepys, Diary , 4 Jul 1663:
  • 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 sum total of an army when assembled for review and inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.
  • #* Wyclif
  • The muster was thirty thousands of men.
  • #* Hooker
  • Ye publish the musters of your own bands, and proclaim them to amount of thousands.
  • # (Australia, New Zealand) A roundup of livestock for inspection, branding, drenching, shearing etc.
  • #* 2006 , John Gilfoyle, Bloody Jackaroos! , Boolarong Press:
  • 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.
  • Showing.
  • # (obsolete) Something shown for imitation; a pattern.
  • # (obsolete) An act of showing something; a display.
  • #* 1590 , Sir Philip Sidney, Arcadia , Book III:
  • 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 [...].
  • #* 1647 , Beaumont and Fletcher, The Queen of Corinth , Act 2:
  • 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.
  • # A collection of peafowl (an invented term rather than one used by zoologists).
  • Derived terms

    * pass muster * bangtail muster


    (en verb)
  • (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
  • 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.
  • (US) To enroll (into service).
  • Synonyms

    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * muster in * muster out * muster up


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