• WordNet 3.6
    • v ruminate reflect deeply on a subject "I mulled over the events of the afternoon","philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years","The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
    • v ruminate chew the cuds "cows ruminate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ruminate (Bot) Having a hard albumen penetrated by irregular channels filled with softer matter, as the nutmeg and the seeds of the North American papaw.
    • Ruminate To chew over again.
    • Ruminate To chew the cud; to chew again what has been slightly chewed and swallowed. "Cattle free to ruminate ."
    • Ruminate To meditate or ponder over; to muse on. "Mad with desire, she ruminates her sin.""What I know
      Is ruminated , plotted, and set down."
    • Ruminate To think again and again; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to reflect. "Apart from the hope of the gospel, who is there that ruminates on the felicity of heaven?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ruminate To chew the cud, as a ruminant; practise rumination.
    • ruminate To muse; meditate; think again and again; ponder: as, to ruminate on misfortunes.
    • ruminate To chew again.
    • ruminate To turn over in the mind; muse on; meditate over and over.
    • ruminate In botany, appearing as if chewed: noting a structure of the endosperm (albumen) of a seed which gives a mottled appearance to its section, and which results from the infolding of a dark inner layer of the seed-coat into the lighter-colored matter of the endosperm, as in the nutmeg.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Ruminate to chew the cud: to meditate
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  • Friedrich Schlegel
    “A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ruminatus, p. p. of ruminari, ruminare, fr. rumen, -inis, throat, akin to ructare, to belch, erugere, to belch out, Gr. , AS. roccettan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rumināre, -ātumrumen, the gullet.


In literature:

Now ruminating about her he began almost to desire her.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
I fell asleep at last, lulled by the heavy breathing and monotonous ruminating of the cows.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
The eminent plenipotentiaries, thus set at naught by a little state, ruminated on the embarrassing situation.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
For hours he lay ruminating upon his purpose.
"The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army" by Oliver Optic
The girl told him, and the man ruminated for a minute or two.
"Winston of the Prairie" by Harold Bindloss
Madame sat silent, and ruminating in her place, with her rugs about her.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
He filled his pipe, and sat for two hours, and until darkness settled, smoking and ruminating.
"Bobby of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
He leaned back in his chair, drawing on the newly lighted pipe and ruminating again.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Serene in this consciousness, the old woodsman dwelt in a certain sweet and gentle rumination of his own.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
He ruminated on his melancholy, and when eight years old attempted suicide.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds

In poetry:

Darkness crept slowly o'er the East!
Upon the Barn-roof watch'd the Cat;
Sweet breath'd the ruminating Beast
At rest where DOLLY musing sat.
"Dolly" by Robert Bloomfield
The lark went up, the mower whet his scythe,
On golden meads kine ruminating lay,
And all the world felt young again and blithe,
Just as to—day.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
He hears them breathing, softly, fearfully,
Honey-sweet ruminations, slow respired:
Then a sharp hiss breaks time and melody--
Spittle indrawn, old kisses new-desired.
"The Louse-Hunters" by Aldous Huxley
Abner. What meditation holds thee thus engaged,
O king! and keeps thine active spirit bound;
When busy war far other cares demands
Than ruminating thought and pale despair?
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Wild on the summit of the steep
She ruminated long the deep,
And felt her freezing blood;
Approaching feet she heard behind,
Then swifter than the winged wind
She plunged into the flood.
"Monimia. An Ode" by John Logan
It is good to know, now that the bell strikes noon.
In this day's sun, the hedges are Episcopalian
As noon is marked by the twelve iron beats.
The rector moves ruminantly among the gravestones,
And the sound of a dead Europe hangs in the streets.
"The Bell From Europe" by Weldon Kees

In news:

An Intellectual's Ruminative Romps: Schlesinger's Journals.
An Intellectual's Ruminative Romps: Schlesinger 's Journals.
Ruminating on Mr McMahon's return.
Today's ramen lover now is expected to differentiate among soups seasoned with shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), or miso, and to ruminate on the thickness and bite of the noodles he or she is slurping .
Ruminant nutritionists provide information on beef cattle nutrition-related topics.
Enough already with the ruminations about building a new Tappan Zee Bridge , Gov Andrew Cuomo said today.
Rumination, a destructive habit, can lead us to lash out at innocent people or pets.
The rumination on age, regret and unrealized dreams, played a preview day on Oct 9.
Sunbury leaders ruminate aggregator 's pitch.
A fter ruminating a bit about what to write in this month's column, I kept returning to the wild turkey.
For Republicans ruminating over why their party lost the presidential election, here's something else to digest from the swing state of Florida.
Some things merit rumination (Do we have a college fund for this kid?).
The musician ruminates on life out west.
A Monk-inspired rumination worth rejoicing over.
Do you have small ruminants or interest in the production of these animals.

In science:

However, one might argue, these ruminations seem to have parted far from the domain of the Ising model in 3D, 4D, or anything else.
Conjectures on exact solution of three - dimensional (3D) simple orthorhombic Ising lattices
Now, following [Ru], we will construct a map dR : ΩN (d)/I N (d) → K N +1(d) that connects the complexes (6.18) and (6.19), which we will call the Rumin map.
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K
Using the Rumin map dR , we can combine the two complexes (6.18) and (6.19).
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K
First, we show that the members of the Rumin complex (6.7) are csp ¯d-modules.
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K
Rumin, Formes diff´erentiel les sur les vari´et´es de contact, J.
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K