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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.
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Noun1.ruminator - a reflective thinker characterized by quiet contemplation
thinker - someone who exercises the mind (usually in an effort to reach a decision)
References in classic literature ?
"'Tis time to change our natur's," he observed to the brother of his wife, who was rarely far from his elbow; "and to become ruminators, instead of people used to the fare of Christians and free men.
* 'As a long-standing ruminator I now realise these thoughts are the source of many anxieties.
Paul's Ruminator Books' satellite bookstore, located on the ground floor of the three-story Open Book complex and adjacent to the Coffee Gallery cafe.
According to the father of the "theory of contrary opinion", the Vermont Ruminator, Humphrey Bancroft Neill (1963 [1954]), the first step was to acknowledge that understanding how markets behave presupposes familiarity with the psychology of the market crowd (Neill, 1930: 9-12).
Unfortunately the ruminator is stuck in the quick sand of mentally replaying the conversation repeatedly, reliving the painful parts, without shifting their thoughts towards more effective questions such as, 'how was I responsible here?' or 'what could I learn from this so that it doesn't happen again?'
Despite the attempted re-imaging of Sor Juana by Aguiar y Seijas and others, the reformed and pious nun must have continued to compete in the imagination of her early eighteenth-century readers with other, more worldly Sor Juanas: the autodidact and polymath, the epistemological dreamer, the darling of the viceregal court, the brilliant literary successor to Calderon and Gongora, and the melancholy ruminator on the vicissitudes of love and fame.
Harry, a ruminator, a dweller, cannot move forward; instead he forever stagnates, tangled in the politics of more powerful men.
If you happen to be a ruminator (someone who mulls, analyses, etc) you are at higher risk for absorbing negative messages from the environment.