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rumination Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
    contemplation; reflection; reflexion; musing; thoughtfulness.
  2. noun (of ruminants) chewing (the cud)
    • ruminants have remarkable powers of rumination
  3. noun regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants after feeding
WordNet

Ru`mi*na"tion noun
Etymology
L. ruminatio: cf. F. rumination.
Definitions
  1. The act or process of ruminating, or chewing the cud; the habit of chewing the cud.
    Rumination is given to animals to enable them at once to lay up a great store of food, and afterward to chew it. Arbuthnot.
  2. The state of being disposed to ruminate or ponder; deliberate meditation or reflection.
    Retiring full of rumination sad. Thomson.
  3. (Physiol.) The regurgitation of food from the stomach after it has been swallowed, -- occasionally oberved as a morbid phenomenon in man.

Webster 1913


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