- 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 rumination
What is it about all the rumination, all the anxiety that makes it so hard to sort of stand up for yourself, to yourself?A Q&A with Scott Stossel, Author of ‘My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind’
February 20, 2014
The images feel like a yearbook of sorts, a rumination on the decade, and on three girls growing up.Craig McDean’s Fashion Muses: Amber Valletta, Kate Moss, and More
October 22, 2013
Published in 2006, the novel is violent and spooky, a rumination on madness and creativity.Remedial Reader: The Essential Stephen King Back List
April 25, 2012
But Barbara did not flinch; and her mother relapsed into rumination.The Patrician
A shiver, and a return beneath the blankets for five minutes' rumination.Cavalry of the Clouds
Food is taken only in small quantities and rumination is stopped.A Treatise on Sheep:
James was seated in the buggy outside, engaged in rumination.Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work
Edith Van Dyne
His also was a “melancholy of his own,” a “humorous sadness in which his often rumination wrapt him.”
- (of ruminants) to chew (the cud)
- (when intr , often foll by upon, on, etc) to meditate or ponder (upon)
Word Origin and History for rumination
c.1600, "act of ruminating; act of meditating," from Latin ruminationem (nominative ruminatio) "a chewing the cud," noun of action from past participle stem of ruminare (see ruminate).
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.