Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of thinking about something in a sustained fashion.
  • noun The act or process of chewing cud.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of ruminating, or chewing the cud.
  • noun The act of ruminating or meditating; a musing or continued thinking on a subject; meditation or reflection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of ruminating, or chewing the cud; the habit of chewing the cud.
  • noun The state of being disposed to ruminate or ponder; deliberate meditation or reflection.
  • noun (Physiol.) The regurgitation of food from the stomach after it has been swallowed, -- occasionally observed as a morbid phenomenon in man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of ruminating; i.e. chewing cud and other ruminants.
  • noun figuratively Deep thought or consideration.
  • noun psychology Negative cyclic thinking; persistent and recurrent worrying or brooding.
  • noun pathology An eating disorder characterized by repetitive regurgitation of small amounts of food from the stomach.

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

  • noun (of ruminants) chewing (the cud)
  • noun a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
  • noun regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants after feeding

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin rūminātio "chewing the cud"; see ruminate.

Examples

  • Dwelling on the negative -- which we call "rumination" -- will only make you depressed.

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  • I guess the point of this little rumination is that your goal is not to “write right,” to write dutifully for an hour every day, to write the way the so-called experts – including me! — tell you is the proper way to write.

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  • I guess the point of this little rumination is that your goal is not to “write right,” to write dutifully for an hour every day, to write the way the so-called experts – including me! — tell you is the proper way to write.

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  • Besides, this level of rumination is inviting the lock drop.

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  • Besides, this level of rumination is inviting the lock drop.

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  • Besides, this level of rumination is inviting the lock drop.

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  • "'I told you I would leave everything for you?' he said at the end of all this rumination."-Dead as a Doornail, by Charlaine Harris

    May 19, 2011