• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Contemplator One who contemplates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contemplator One who engages in contemplation or reflection; one who meditates or studies. One who merely observes affairs, without taking part in them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Contemplator one who contemplates: a student
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  • Jacob Bronowski
    “The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.”
  • Meister Eckhart
    “What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “A man who contemplates revenge keeps his wounds green.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The most difficult We do not deal in facts when we are contemplating ourselves.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contemplāri, -ātus, to mark out carefully a templum or place for auguries—con, sig. completeness, and templum. See Consider and Temple.


In literature:

It was not too early to contemplate arrangements.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
I passed some Time in the Contemplation of this wonderful Structure, and the great Variety of Objects which it presented.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
One need not pause to contemplate his wings.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
After a contemplative suck at a lemon, 'Thoughtless fellows for serious work' came forth.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
His mind is lost in amazement at what I had contemplated.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
I can not doubt that such a treasury as was contemplated by the Constitution should be independent of all banking corporations.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Polk" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
The Tartar contemplates and imitates the Chinese.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Here Glenn again paused to contemplate the scene.
"Wild Western Scenes" by John Beauchamp Jones
This indicated that he contemplated exercising in the sun instead of sitting still in the shade.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Having exhausted one of the colours he needed, he drew back and contemplated his work.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
The Apostle has been contemplating the long train of dismal consequences which he sees would arise if we only had a dead Christ.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
If you know not how to contemplate high and celestial things, rest in the passion of Christ, and willingly dwell in His holy wounds.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
Borasdine contemplated a land journey in case we were delayed more than five days.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
What they would have done had he not been available, they shuddered to contemplate.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
And from careful contemplation of the eyes, he kept on with a careful contemplation of the other beauties of his fair and unexpected pupil.
"In Old Kentucky" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
For to-night at least, "telling" seemed a matter too dreadful to contemplate.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
With a most rude shock of surprise she was made to contemplate secession.
"The Brothers' War" by John Calvin Reed
Then he had seriously contemplated matrimony.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
He contemplated proudly the details of his shell.
"Gargoyles" by Ben Hecht
Even such cowards as I can meet that which they are daily accustomed to contemplate.
"Discipline" by Mary Brunton

In poetry:

In tranquil contemplation
It watches through the year,
Seeing the frosty stars arise,
The slender moons appear.
"The Deserted Pasture" by Bliss William Carman
Yet, while the hours permit me, I would pause
And contemplate
The lot whereto unalterable laws
Have bound my fate.
"Youth And Manhood" by Henry Timrod
Sweet Solitude, O let me share
The pleasures of thy shade!
For pure devotion, calm delight,
And contemplation made.
"Address To Solitude" by Elizabeth Bath
Then let my Contemplation soar
And Heav'n my Subject be
Though low on Earth in nature poor
Some prospect we may see
"A Contemplation" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
Contemplation only knows,
All the joy thy light bestows;
She alone with power divine,
Offers incense at thy shrine.
"Written" by Elizabeth Bath
When on the cliff, or in the wood
I muse the summer evening by,
And realize the woes of life,
I contemplate Eternity.
"From "Lights And Shades."" by Sarah Anne Curzon

In news:

Former Utica College Professor Richard Emmert was in Utica City Court on Monday where the his his lewdness case was adjourned with contemplation for dismissal in six months.
An anonymous christian monk in the 1400's wrote about the cloud of unknowing and contemplative prayer came from this.
Find quiet contemplation in Issaquah's Christian Science Reading Room.
Besides living contemplative lives, the monks will work in the parish, as well as providing outreach to the community.
Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh and nutritionist Dr Lilian Cheung reveal five contemplations that can start you on the path to a healthier relationship with food from their book, Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.
Buddhist lama leads contemplative life in India.
Sox contemplate giving Peavy extra day of rest .
Today let's set aside the cynical view and contemplate what it is we're celebrating, and honor those who were willing to risk it all.
Department of Homeland Security Contemplates Amnesty By Executive Fiat.
A suburban Detroit man contemplated killing his former girlfriend, dismembering her body and dumping it in a body of water, an old roommate testified Monday during a preliminary hearing.
Companies contemplating layoffs must consider a variety of issues, not all of which fit into a spreadsheet.
The Dixie Group is contemplating the purchase of a continuous dyeing facility owned by Milliken & Co.
Brett and Trisha are overwhelmed by the stresses of everyday life, leaving Brett with erectile dysfunction and Trisha contemplating an affair.
When we contemplate extraterrestrials , we see ourselves.
Shambhala Healing Center floor manager Lupe Ruiz contemplates the closure of her dispensary.

In science:

In such a medium, the velocity of sound approaches to that of light and hence the cosmology with ω = 2 may differ considerably from the usually contemplated scenarios with ω = 1.
Cosmic Acceleration from M Theory on Twisted Spaces
Such a ”small” vacuum energy is very difficult to contemplate in particle physics.
Theory Summary of the Electroweak Session for Moriond 2005
As a result, one can maintain the RH neutrino masses around the GUT scale [242] or one can contemplate the possibility that the heavy neutrino mass scale relevant to thermal leptogenesis is significantly lower, for example in the TeV range [175].
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
If one were contemplating a perturbation series representation of the interacting solution, that power series should not be about the free theory (to which the interacting solutions are not continuously connected!) but rather about the pseudofree theory.
Rethinking Renormalization
Having specified our emission models, we briefly mention some physical effects not yet contemplated in our analysis.
Post-merger electromagnetic emissions from disks perturbed by binary black holes
In order to convince the powers-that-be that servicing was not lurking in the background as a hidden variable, low-earth orbit was also abandoned. (It is interesting to contemplate the potential servicing of Chandra in the future when the NASA develops vehicles capable of traveling to the Moon and Mars.
The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory: the Project Scientist's Perspective
Following an example of non-overlapping theories is found when contemplating the results of science in contrast with the results of theological reflection.
Informal Control code logic
This perspective renders the contemplation of a single machine representing all of computing pointless.
Informal Control code logic
Nevertheless if one is to seriously contemplate the relation of physics to the origin of life, one does need to relate the theory to biological realities [9, 10].
Editorial note to "Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology"
With Remark 3.3, we need not contemplate how many degrees of freedom are in a permutation.
An introduction to how chi-square and classical exact tests often wildly misreport significance and how the remedy lies in computers
In both debates, the influence of the Milky Way (MW) potential has been contemplated with respect to the assumed orbit of Fornax.
The Fornax dwarf galaxy as a remnant of recent dwarf-dwarf merging in the Local Group
Extensions reaching proton decay could possibly be contemplated.
Review of Indirect WIMP Search Experiments
It is outside the scope of this paper to provide a complete analysis of what happens when noise is present, or to contemplate constructing effective testing procedures in the presence of noise.
Testing whether jumps have finite or infinite activity
One could even contemplate lepton-hadron collisions.
Report of the ICFA Beam Dynamics Workshop 'Accelerators for a Higgs Factory: Linear vs. Circular' (HF2012)
However, the entire particle physics Standard Model begs for further explanation, so it should not disturb us to contemplate one more feature that, if valid, would call for a more fundamental justification.
Particle Astrophysics after COBE: Blois92 Summary Talk