rumination


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ru·mi·na·tion

 (ro͞o′mə-nā′shən)
n.
1. The act of thinking about something in a sustained fashion.
2. The act or process of chewing cud.

rumination

the act of pondering or meditating. — ruminator, n.ruminative, adj.
See also: Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rumination - a calm, lengthy, intent considerationrumination - a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
cogitation, study - attentive consideration and meditation; "after much cogitation he rejected the offer"
consideration - the process of giving careful thought to something
meditation, speculation - continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"
meditation - (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination - the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
retrospect - contemplation of things past; "in retrospect"
2.rumination - (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable powers of rumination"
chewing, mastication, chew, manduction - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
3.rumination - regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants after feeding
disgorgement, emesis, puking, vomiting, regurgitation, vomit - the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth

rumination

noun
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Rumination

rumination

[ˌruːmɪˈneɪʃən] N (= act) → rumia f; (= thought) → meditación f, reflexión f

rumination

n (lit)Wiederkäuen nt no pl; (fig)Grübeln nt no pl

rumination

n (psych) rumiación f
References in classic literature ?
And for a little while she hoped he would not talk of it, and that a silent rumination might suffice to restore him to the relish of his own smooth gruel.
There's one thing you may be sure of, Pip," said Joe, after some rumination, "namely, that lies is lies.
With that, Dunstan slammed the door behind him, and left Godfrey to that bitter rumination on his personal circumstances which was now unbroken from day to day save by the excitement of sporting, drinking, card-playing, or the rarer and less oblivious pleasure of seeing Miss Nancy Lammeter.
There were darkies and loafers and hackmen, and also vague individuals, the loosest and blankest he had ever seen anywhere, with tufts on their chins, toothpicks in their mouths, hands in their pockets, rumination in their jaws and diamond pins in their shirt-fronts, who looked as if they had sauntered over from Pennsylvania Avenue to while away half an hour, forsaking for that interval their various slanting postures in the porticoes of the hotels and the doorways of the saloons.
The petty annoyance, instead of being thrown from us, sits down beside us and becomes a sorrow, and the little offense is brooded over till, in the hot-bed of rumination, it grows into a great injury, under whose poisonous shadow springs up hatred and revenge.
It startled him at first, but he could not help thinking of it, and in the constant rumination over it he found his only escape from the wretchedness of his present state.
Such ruminations naturally produced a streak of misanthropic bitterness.
Such was the result to which Miss La Creevy's ruminations and observations led her, when the cottage had been, as she emphatically said, 'thoroughly got to rights, from the chimney- pots to the street-door scraper,' and the busy little woman had at length a moment's time to think about its inmates.
As he could read in it, however, no additional information or anything to lead him to believe he had spoken falsely; and as Mr Swiveller, left to his own meditations, sighed deeply, and was evidently growing maudlin on the subject of Mrs Cheggs; the dwarf soon broke up the conference and took his departure, leaving the bereaved one to his melancholy ruminations.
The controlled experiment looked at whether nature would influence rumination, defined as repetitive thoughts that focus on negative aspects of the self.
Activity monitors are capable of tracking rumination (how many times per day a cow chews her cud); cows with reduced rumination are flagged for examination as this can be a sign of illness.
The more widely used words are pondering, worrying or reflecting, however, these terms don't fully capture the negative impact rumination can have on our level of subjective well being, decision making and interaction with others.