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Meaning of RUMINATE

Pronunciation:  'roomu`neyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  (of ruminants) chew the cuds

RUMINATE is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: chew over, contemplate, excogotate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, speculate, think over
 See Also: bethink, brood, cerebrate, cogitate, consider, dwell, eat, introspect, premeditate, puzzle, question, study, theologise, theologize, think, wonder, worry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.''
    2. Fig.: To think again and again; to muse; to meditate; to
       ponder; to reflect. --Cowper.
             Apart from the hope of the gospel, who is there that
             ruminates on the felicity of heaven?  --I. Taylor.
  2. \Ru"mi*nate\, v. t.
    1. To chew over again.
    2. Fig.: To meditate or ponder over; to muse on.
             Mad with desire, she ruminates her sin. --Dryden.
             What I know Is ruminated, plotted, and set down.
  3. \Ru"mi*nate\, Ruminated \Ru"mi*na`ted\, a. (Bot.)
    Having a hard albumen penetrated by irregular channels filled
    with softer matter, as the nutmeg and the seeds of the North
    American papaw.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Mottled in appearance, e.g. of bark, or of the food reserves in a seed.