Definitions for: Rumination

[n] regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants after feeding
[n] (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable powers of rumination"
[n] a calm lengthy intent consideration

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: contemplation, musing, reflection, reflexion, thoughtfulness

See Also: chew, chewing, cogitation, consideration, disgorgement, emesis, introspection, manduction, mastication, meditation, omphaloskepsis, puking, regurgitation, retrospect, self-contemplation, self-examination, speculation, study, vomit, vomiting

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