Ruminating
Ruminate Ru"mi*nate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ruminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ruminating}.] [L. ruminatus, p. p. of ruminari, ruminare, fr. rumen, -inis, throat, akin to ructare to belch, erugere to belch out, Gr. ?, AS. roccettan.] 1. To chew the cud; to chew again what has been slightly chewed and swallowed. ``Cattle free to ruminate.'' --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To think again and again; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to reflect. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Apart from the hope of the gospel, who is there that ruminates on the felicity of heaven? --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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