Rumination

Definition of Rumination

Ru`mi`na´tion
n.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.

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chew over, cogitation, consideration, contemplate, contemplation, excogitate, introspection, meditate, meditation, mull, mull over, muse, musing, omphaloskepsis, ponder, reflect, reflection, reflexion, retrospect, ruminate, self-contemplation, self-examination, speculate, speculation, study, think over, thoughtfulness
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