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v. ru·mi·nat·ed, ru·mi·nat·ing, ru·mi·nates
1. To turn a matter over and over in the mind.
2. To chew cud.
To reflect on over and over again.

[Latin rūmināre, rūmināt-, from rūmen, rūmin-, throat.]

ru′mi·na′tive adj.
ru′mi·na′tive·ly adv.
ru′mi·na′tor n.


[ˈruːmɪnətɪvlɪ] ADVpensativamente
"I hope so", he said ruminatively-espero que sí -dijo pensativo


[ˈruːmɪnətɪvlɪ] adv (liter) (nod, say) → con aria meditabonda
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One imagines Wordsworth revisiting and ruminatively observing the mysterious scene of loss (like Martha Ray or the Captain themselves), as the poem takes form in his mind, like filings around a magnet.
Sometimes, too, Finucan's complex characterization is sacrificed for a certain cinematic crispness: whenever a character reads something, for example--it does not matter who or what--he or she will inevitably finger the paper ruminatively or lift it to the light.
Forty-four years of Presby work in Papua New Guinea,' Morag muttered ruminatively, 'where the savages were meant to be.