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Rumination  n.  
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."
The state of being disposed to ruminate or ponder; deliberate meditation or reflection. "Retiring full of rumination sad."
(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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"Rumination" Quotes from Famous Books

... City, with the intention of calling in at Green Street at the end of his day and taking Fleur back home with him, suffered from rumination. Sleeping partner that he was, he seldom visited the City now, but he still had a room of his own at Cuthcott, Kingson and Forsyte's, and one special clerk and a half assigned to the management of purely Forsyte affairs. They were somewhat in flux just now—an auspicious moment ...
— Forsyte Saga • John Galsworthy

... moments of evident rumination, he tremblingly drew a small letter from his pocket. I took it, and knew not what to say. It was addressed to Perdita. I smiled, I believe rather sarcastically, and opened the billet. It contained only a few words, but those expressive of more ...
— Beaux and Belles of England • Mary Robinson

... time, looking upon the half-crown, and now wondering to himself on the injustice and partiality of the law, now computing again and again the nature of his loss. So he was still sitting when Mr. Archer entered the kitchen. At this a light came into his face, and after some seconds of rumination he dispatched Nance upon ...
— Lay Morals • Robert Louis Stevenson

... but less, than other people. They do all their work three times over: once in anticipation, once in actuality, once in rumination. I do mine in actuality alone, doing it once instead of ...
— An Iron Will • Orison Swett Marden

... thought Trotty. 'I know what I mean. That's more than enough for me.' And with this consolatory rumination, trotted on. ...
— The Chimes • Charles Dickens

... straight before him at the broad landscape, mellowing now into soft browns and yellows under the mild, vague October sun. He had not thought much of the books, but he had a certain new sense of enjoyment in the fruits of this placid, abstracted rumination which perhaps they ...
— The Market-Place • Harold Frederic

... with great attention, forgot to finish his soup, and remained for five minutes in profound rumination, without so much as perceiving two customers who had entered the shop and were waiting to be served. When aroused, he ...
— The International Weekly Miscellany, Volume I. No. 8 - Of Literature, Art, and Science, August 19, 1850 • Various

... Bonet, the Ephemerides, Fabricius Hildanus, Horstius, Morgagni, Peyer, Rhodius, Vogel, Salmuth, Percy, Laurent, and others describe it. Fabricius d'Aquapendente personally knew a victim of rumination, or, as it is generally called, merycism. The dissection by Bartholinus of a merycol showed nothing extraordinary in the cadaver. Winthier knew a Swede of thirty-five, in Germany, apparently healthy, but who was obliged when leaving the table to retire ...
— Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine • George M. Gould

... knowledge. It is a state of preservation, of rest; very relatively, since representations suffer incessant corrosion and change. (2) Dynamic unconscious, which is a state of latent activity, of elaboration and incubation. We might give a multitude of proofs of this unconscious rumination. The well-known fact that an intellectual work gains by being interrupted; that in resuming it one often finds it cleared up, changed, even accomplished, was explained by some psychologists prior to Carpenter by ...
— Essay on the Creative Imagination • Th. Ribot

... neighborhood, and Miss S.'s observation had been only by the way. The engagement was the topic, and only Neeld (or perhaps Mina Zabriska too, at Blent), insisted on digging up a hypothetical past and repeating, in retrospective rumination, that Harry Tristram might have been the lucky man. As for such an idea—well, Miss S. happened to know that there had never been anything in it; Janie Iver herself had told her so, she said. The question between Janie and Miss ...
— Tristram of Blent - An Episode in the Story of an Ancient House • Anthony Hope

... meet my gaze with the sedate and pleasant welcome of a venerable friend. They were the incessant associates of my solitude, and I was never wearied of them. Of a surety their vast Circuit (fifteen miles) gives ample time and space enough for rumination! ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846 • Various

Words linked to "Rumination" :   reflexion, disgorgement, musing, vomiting, chewing, retrospect, regurgitation, emesis, thoughtfulness, cogitation, self-examination, manduction, self-contemplation, puking, chew, speculation, introspection, mastication, study, reflection, ruminate, meditation, consideration, vomit, contemplation

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