• WordNet 3.6
    • n contemplation a long and thoughtful observation
    • n contemplation a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contemplation Holy meditation. "To live in prayer and contemplation ."
    • Contemplation The act of looking forward to an event as about to happen; expectation; the act of intending or purposing. "In contemplation of returning at an early date, he left."
    • Contemplation The act of the mind in considering with attention; continued attention of the mind to a particular subject; meditation; musing; study. "In contemplation of created things,
      By steps we may ascend to God."
      "Contemplation is keeping the idea which is brought into the mind for some time actually in view."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contemplation The act of looking attentively or steadfastly at anything.
    • n contemplation The act of holding an idea continuously before the mind; mental vision; the thinking long of anything in a somewhat passive way.
    • n contemplation Continued or steadfast thinking in general, without reference to a particular object; musing; reverie.
    • n contemplation Religious meditation.
    • n contemplation The act of intending, purposing, or considering, with a view to carrying into effect; expectation with intention.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Contemplation continued study of a particular subject: a meditation written, or a subject for such
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Happiness is an agreeable sensation, arising from contemplating the misery of others.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “Logic works, metaphysics contemplates.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “He is incapable of truly good action who finds not a pleasure in contemplating the good actions of others.”
  • Marcelene Cox
    Marcelene Cox
    “When a man does a household job, he goes through three periods: contemplating how it will be done; contemplating when it will be done; and contemplating.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “A man who contemplates revenge keeps his wounds green.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. contemplation, L. contemplatio,
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:

The more she contemplates them the sadder she becomes.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Again, the true means of evoking true repentance is the contemplation of the Cross.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He stood there, with a hand contemplatively under his chin, as though absorbed by an interest in the scene purely impersonal.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Samuel Ravenshaw loved to contemplate this view through the medium of smoke.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
More, it is probable that you are, or have been, an actual contemplative too.
"Practical Mysticism" by Evelyn Underhill
By the air of indifference that she affects I could wager that she contemplates playing them some trick!
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
Those projects contemplated enquiry and reform.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
Roger sat in silent contemplation, now of the fire, now of the stars.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Lastly, in the contemplative life the contemplation of truth is sought as being man's perfection.
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
This ordinance contemplated the division of the land north of the thirty-first parallel into fourteen or sixteen States.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson

In poetry:

O CONTEMPLATION! when to Memory's eyes
The visions of the long-past days arise,
Thy holy power imparts the best relief,
And the calm'd Spirit loves the joy of grief.
"To Contemplation" by Robert Southey
Fit rosary for a queen, in shape and hue,
When Contemplation tells her pensive beads
Of mortal thoughts, forever old and new.
Fit for a queen? Why, surely then for you!
"In A Copy Of Omar Khayyam" by James Russell Lowell
Or is 't thy wont to muse and mouse at once,
Entice thy prey with airs of meditation,
And with the unvarying habits of a dunce,
To dine in solemn depths of contemplation?
"To a Captive Owl" by Henry Timrod
If not quite true, as I have told it you,
This tale of mutual extermination,
To minds perplexed with threats of what comes next,
Perhaps may furnish food for contemplation.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
My Muse contemplative delights to stray,
Where the green sod conceals the mould'ring clay:
In hallow'd shades she glories to recline,
And pensive bend before thy sable shrine!
"Ode on Death" by Emma Lyon
We fain would stand contemplative,
All innocent as meadow grass;
In human goodness fain believe,
Believe a cloud is formed to pass;
Its shadows chase with draughts of hippocras.
"The Call" by George Meredith

In news:

With its numbers down and its stars leaving, a progressive party contemplates its prospects.
So I'm mystified that so many cooks reflexively reach for the sugar when they contemplate sweet potatoes.
Whether it involves contemplation and Platonic dialectic or your everyday orgy, wine is inextricably linked to Greek history.
A possibility we may have to contemplate.
The Republican nominee for US Senate in Pennsylvania suggested that a woman who was impregnated by a rapist faces a similar decision to one contemplating whether to give birth to a child out of wedlock .
While US pork producers contemplate boosting weaning age, Danish producers have excelled at the management practice for years.
An Oystering Community Contemplates Life Without Oysters.
Cattle on the Benton Crossing Road can contemplate cyclists, or they can play baseball at the Whitmore Ballfields.
The Pet Shop Boys Breathe Life Into Contemplating Mortality on Elysium, Their 11th Album.
In his defense, the author says, "I was a fan of Jon's creative output long before either of us ever contemplated such foolishness".
This milestone anniversary inspires a lot of us to contemplate what Elvis would be doing today if he were still alive.
IN THE past few months, central bankers and currency traders have spent many hours contemplating the resilience of the dollar.
It seems to me that, as a contemplative, I do not need to lock myself into solitude and lose all contact with the rest of the world.
I'm contemplating making this a running blog – handy household tips.
Wall Street brokers often complain about how much work they have to do in such little time that they can't even contemplate taking a vacation.

In science:

This kernel is often sufficiently simple that one can contemplate realizing it in the form of custom hardware: a specially designed board, reconfigurable chip, or custom LSI device.
GRAPE-6: A Petaflops Prototype
Deutsch’s proposal is widely considered to represent the first blueprint for a quantum computer, in that it is sufficiently specific and simple to allow real machines to be contemplated, but sufficiently versatile to be a universal quantum simulator, though both points are debatable.
Quantum Computing
However, if we wish to contemplate a quantum computer it is necessary to find a system which is sufficiently controllable to allow quantum logic gates to be applied at will, and yet is sufficiently complicated to store many qubits of quantum information.
Quantum Computing
Such experiments are now being contemplated.
Quantum Computing
In section 8 we examined some experimental systems, and found that we can only contemplate ‘computers’ of a few tens of qubits and perhaps some thousands of gates.
Quantum Computing