AskDefine | Define rumination

Dictionary Definition



1 a calm lengthy intent consideration [syn: contemplation, reflection, reflexion, musing, thoughtfulness]
2 (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable powers of rumination"
3 regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants after feeding

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  1. The act of ruminating; i.e. chewing cud and other ruminants.
  2. Negative cyclic thinking; persistent and recurrent worrying or brooding.
  3. An eating disorder characterized by repetitive regurgitation of small amounts of food from the stomach.


Extensive Definition

Rumination may mean calm, lengthy consideration, but can have several meanings, which need to be addressed separately
rumination in German: Rumination
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