Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of meditating.
  • n. A devotional exercise of or leading to contemplation.
  • n. A contemplative discourse, usually on a religious or philosophical subject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A devotional exercise of, or leading to contemplation
  • n. A contemplative discourse, often on a religious or philosophical subject.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; serious contemplation; reflection; musing.
  • n. Thought; -- without regard to kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; sustained reflection.
  • n. Religious contemplation.
  • n. In theology: A private devotional act, consisting in deliberate reflection upon some spiritual truth or mystery, accompanied by mental prayer and by acts of the affections and of the will, especially formation of resolutions as to future conduct.
  • n. A short literary composition in which the subject (usually religious) is treated in a meditative manner: as, a volume of hymns and meditations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature
  • n. (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)

Etymologies

From Latin meditatio, from meditatus, the past participle of meditārī ("to meditate, to think over, consider"), itself from Proto-Indo-European *med- (“to measure, limit, consider, advise”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I do believe what you experienced in meditation is possible.

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  • The Vâkyakâra then propounds a pûrvapaksha (primâ facie view), 'Once he is to make the meditation, the matter enjoined by scripture being accomplished thereby, as in the case of the prayâjas and the like'; and then sums up against this in the words 'but (meditation) is established on account of the term meditation'; that means -- knowledge repeated more than once (i.e. meditation) is determined to be the means of Release.

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  • Part of the difficulty is that the word meditation means both the experience and the technique.

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  • How can biofeedback help me achieve a longer, healthier, happier life? http The word meditation comes from the Latin meditatio, which originally indicated every type of physical or intellectual exercise, then later evolved into the more specific meaning "contemplation."

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  • The term meditation is often used to describe an individual's state of intense focus on an object or thought.

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  • Usually, when people hear the word meditation, they think of transcending this clunky earthly plane.

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  • Biofeedback is what I call meditation for engineers.

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  • And when he sat for long hours in what he called meditation, he often fell asleep sitting up.

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  • The word 'meditation' comes with a lot of baggage and that presents an obstacle for people, when it's such an easy-to-learn technique, which benefits everybody.

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  • Confusion arises from English translation of the word 'meditation' which means 'contemplation', to think deeply about something, to plan mentally.

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