1. a list of names of officers and men in a military unit or ship's company
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Muster \Mus"ter\, n. [OE. moustre, OF. mostre, moustre, F.
montre, LL. monstra. See Muster, v. t.]
1. Something shown for imitation; a pattern. [Obs.]
2. A show; a display. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
3. An assembling or review of troops, as for parade,
verification of numbers, inspection, exercise, or
introduction into service.
The hurried muster of the soldiers of liberty.
See how in warlike muster they appear,
In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings.
4. The sum total of an army when assembled for review and
inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army.
And the muster was thirty thousands of men.
Ye publish the musters of your own bands, and
proclaim them to amount of thousands. --Hooker.
5. Any assemblage or display; a gathering.
Of the temporal grandees of the realm, mentof their
wives and daughters, the muster was great and
Muster book, a book in which military forces are
Muster file, a muster roll.
Muster master (Mil.), one who takes an account of troops,
and of their equipment; a mustering officer; an inspector.
Muster roll (Mil.), a list or register of all the men in a
company, troop, or regiment, present or accounted for on
the day of muster.
To pass muster, to pass through a muster or inspection
Such excuses will not pass muster with God. --South.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a list of names of officers and men in a military unit or
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
29 Moby Thesaurus words for "muster roll":
agenda, beadroll, cadastre, calendar, census, census report,
checklist, checkroll, docket, dramatis personae, head count,
honor roll, jury list, jury panel, lineup, muster, nose count,
order of business, poll, program, property roll, questionnaire,
returns, roll, roll call, roster, rota, scroll, tax roll