from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A state of deep thought.
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- n. A melancholy mood accompanied by deep thought; a moody daydream.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a state of mental abstraction or serious reverie.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of deep absorption or thoughtfulness
brown, gloomy + study, mental state.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From obsolete brown ("gloomy") and study. (Wiktionary)
How long he would have sat will never be known, if his brown study had not been ended by Rivington's entrance.