- to chew the cud, as a ruminant.
- to meditate or muse; ponder.
- to chew again or over and over.
- to meditate on; ponder.
Origin of ruminate
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Examples from the Web for ruminations
I was suddenly aroused from my ruminations by a light tap on the shoulder.
Judge Thayer left him to his ruminations, apparently knowing his habits.Trail's End
George W. Ogden
These ruminations were cut short in a manner that was violent, not to say alarming.The Sign of the Spider
How do they vary the monotony of their ruminations from one to two, and from two to three, and so on?Coaches and Coaching
And Sir Jekyl drank a glass of claret, and returned to his ruminations.Guy Deverell, v. 2 of 2
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
- (of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
- (when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
Word Origin and History for ruminations
1530s, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1540s), from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminare "to chew the cud; turn over in the mind," from rumen (genitive ruminis) "gullet," of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating.