This unexpected, formidable if flashing into his mind stopped the ponderer in his slow walk.
How he had suffered—he, modern of moderns, dreamer of dreams, and ponderer of problems!
This leads us to the second phase of Miller's personality: he was a philosopher, a ponderer upon the deeper things of the spirit.
early 14c., "to estimate the worth of, to appraise," from Old French ponderer "to weigh, poise" (14c., Modern French pondérer) and directly from Latin ponderare "ponder, consider, reflect," literally "to weigh," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weigh" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "to weigh a matter mentally" is attested from late 14c. Related: Pondered; pondering; ponderation.