06 December 2009


Thinking of this and that, swallowing thoughts and bringing them back up, trying desperately to enhance the presentation, the word rumination occurred to me as a description of what I had written.


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.
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Rumination is given to animals to enable them at
once to lay up a great store of food, and afterward
to chew it. --Arbuthnot.
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2. The state of being disposed to ruminate or ponder;
deliberate meditation or reflection.
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Retiring full of rumination sad. --Thomson.
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3. (Physiol.) The regurgitation of food from the stomach
after it has been swallowed, -- occasionally observed as a
morbid phenomenon in man.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

n 1: a calm lengthy intent consideration [syn: contemplation, reflection,
reflexion, musing, thoughtfulness]
2: (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable
powers of rumination"
3: regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants
after feeding

-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

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