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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Rumination \Ru`mi*na"tion\, n. [L. ruminatio: cf. F.
1. The act or process of ruminating, or chewing the cud; the
habit of chewing the cud.
Rumination is given to animals to enable them at
once to lay up a great store of food, and afterward
to chew it. --Arbuthnot.
2. The state of being disposed to ruminate or ponder;
deliberate meditation or reflection.
Retiring full of rumination sad. --Thomson.
3. (Physiol.) The regurgitation of food from the stomach
after it has been swallowed, -- occasionally observed as a
morbid phenomenon in man.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a calm, lengthy, intent consideration [syn:
contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination,
2: (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable
powers of rumination"
3: regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants
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