• WordNet 3.6
    • adj meditative deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Meditative Disposed to meditate, or to meditation; as, a meditative man; a meditative mood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • meditative Addicted to meditation.
    • meditative Pertaining or inclining to or expressing meditation: as, a meditative mood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Meditative given to meditation: expressing design
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.”
  • Aristotle
    “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”
  • Milarepa
    “The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.”
  • Patanjali
    “In deep meditation the flow of concentration is continuous like the flow of oil.”
  • Lewis Carroll
    “And thus they give the time, that Nature meant for peaceful sleep and meditative snores, to ceaseless din and mindless merriment and waste of shoes and floors.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. meditativus,: cf. F. méditatif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. meditāri, prob. cog. with L. medēri, to heal.


In literature:

I have been meditating on your business ever since we parted.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
This was the text of Dinah's first meditations.
"Parisians in the Country" by Honore de Balzac
David resumed the half smiling, half meditative attitude which had provoked her before.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The confident expectation was, therefore, that an attack upon the lines was meditated.
"Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Charles Lever
Then she leant her head on one hand and drew meditative patterns on the tablecloth with the other.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
This is my bower for meditation, and frequently for reading too.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
While his fame rests on his "Meditations," as that of David rests upon his Psalms, he yet rendered great military services to the Empire.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV" by John Lord
They thought more of bears and wild boars and stags than they did of hymns and meditations.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII" by John Lord
The two knelt together on the earthen floor facing the window, while the old man meditated aloud on Divine things.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
Simoun remained silent throughout the whole drive, apparently absorbed in meditation of a very important nature.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal

In poetry:

Awake, O soul, awake!
Enter thy cell of thought,
And there in calmness meditate
On what God's word has taught.
"Awake!" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Fain would my thankful heart and lips
Unite in praise to thee;
And meditate on thy eclipse,
In sad Gethsemane.
"The Moon In Silver Glory Shone" by John Newton
With joy we meditate the grace
Of our High Priest above;
His heart is made of tenderness,
His bowels melt with love.
"Hymn 125" by Isaac Watts
To meditate thy precepts, Lord,
Shall be my sweet employ;
My soul shall ne'er forget thy word;
Thy word is all my joy.
"Psalm 119 part 15" by Isaac Watts
The men that keep thy law with care,
And meditate thy word,
Grow wiser than their teachers are,
And better know the Lord.
"Psalm 119 part 4" by Isaac Watts
Here there are others like me
Sitting alone in meditation.
Look out here from the city.
All you will see is White Clouds.
"From the Mountain" by Wang Wei

In news:

Leir meditates alone on his plan to marry off his daughters, unaware that they know his plans.
Some classes being offered are Introduction to Yoga, Meditation, and Back Care.
Meditation on Lovingkindness 1 with Jack Kornfield.
Meditation on Lovingkindess 2 with Jack Kornfield.
"I tried traditional meditation , but I couldn't sit still," she says.
Plus, because you're controlling your and targeting every energy center—or chakra—in the body, you get the benefits of meditation as well.
Devotees of meditation could also be practicing the art while sitting in traffic, standing in grocery lines, or stuck in a contentious meeting.
Members meditate on coming changes to Assembly.
Bring peace into your life through meditation .
Daily meditation helps to counter those bad habits, and can bring clarity and calm during moments of stress.
"When we practice concentration, that's a lot of power," says Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.
Love the idea of meditation , but have trouble squeezing it into your day.
Let former monk and meditation expert Andy Puddicombe help you relax and stay grounded while you're in the air.
Another major tool for releasing romantic fears is to begin a meditation practice.
LBJ's secret brother meditates on history.

In science:

Great playing is similar to deep meditation, when the mind goes quiet and observation of the self deepens.
Music in Terms of Science
This is a very Western-centric interpretation of religion. There exist major religious groups for whom following some set of laws is what matters; there are others that emphasize meditational practices or simply love. He is right that most religions devolve to cult-like or magical practice, but this is not universal.
Book review of SUPERSTITION by Robert Park
I shall turn to Husserl’s (1929) Cartesian Meditations for epistemological specification and foundation of this reflection in intersubjectivity.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
What is left when one abstracts from what is given? These non-material traces can be provided with meaning as the subject of a meditation.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
The meditation gives access to an a priori domain for which no discursive concepts are available to the Ego.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology