Definition of rumination in English:



  • 1A deep or considered thought about something.

    ‘philosophical ruminations about life and humanity’
    • ‘Most of the film consists of religious ruminations couched in arch dialogue.’
    • ‘Three of his songs were sweetly Gallic romantic ruminations.’
    • ‘The book appears to be the actual ruminations, almost diary entries, of a real human being named Crusoe.’
    • ‘Just when you think you have it all figured out, a new piece of evidence presents itself to invite more ruminations.’
    • ‘The magazine's erudite, elegant editor encouraged all sorts of arcane and experimental ruminations from his reviewers.’
    • ‘Film noir has thus far managed to escape the conformity trap, remaining a flexible forum for dark ruminations.’
    • ‘The most touching parts of the documentary are her ruminations on her long relationship with Tracy.’
    • ‘In the 1980s, her geopolitical ruminations moved out of domestic settings.’
    • ‘Her solipsistic ruminations signal a true diva's self-absorption, yet they also have a sneaky evocative power.’
    • ‘In all these works, the artist brings a novelist's sweep to his ruminations on what was once optimistically named the Century of Progress.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The action or process of thinking deeply about something.
      ‘this film stuck out, demanding attention and rumination’
      • ‘He makes some daring analyses about censor interference that were fascinating grist for rumination.’
      • ‘The problems that develop in relationships are great fuel for rumination, the obsessive overthinking that often pulls people into depression.’
      • ‘Its memory refuses to diminish and it demands rumination.’
      • ‘The point is to break the hold that rumination has on your mind and body.’
      • ‘The forms of both concertos are quite free and tend towards a pattern of orchestral tuttis interspersed with cadenza-like periods of rumination.’
      • ‘The tendency to engage in rumination exposes a huge gender difference in the handling of emotional experience.’
      • ‘It will be some time before an architect holds our attention so much and prompts such rumination.’
      • ‘After much careful rumination, I have decided to make public a rather embarrassing matter about myself.’
      • ‘At the very least, such rumination makes life harder.’
      • ‘Some rumination is natural, even necessary.’
  • 2mass noun The action of chewing the cud.

    ‘cows slow down their rumination’
    • ‘Saliva secretion in ruminants is continuous but increases with eating and rumination.’
    • ‘Almost all cows in heat exhibit a corresponding drop in rumination.’
    • ‘Rumination is a proven direct indicator of cow well-being and health.’
    • ‘Rumination tends to follow a basic 24-hour rhythm.’
    • ‘The process of rumination is a pattern repeated 500 times per day, occupying a total of more than 8 hours, and involving more than 25,000 chews.’
    • ‘Dairy producers, veterinarians, and nutritionists rely on cud chewing—the sights and sounds of rumination—as a key monitor of dairy cow health.’
    • ‘Dairy cattle maintained a relatively constant rumination time per unit of fibre intake when given a constant amount of feed.’
    • ‘The primary feature of ruminants is rumination—the regurgitation, re-chewing, and re-swallowing of the partially digested contents of the foregut.’
    • ‘A change in rumination can serve as a very early indicator of lactation metabolic issues.’
    • ‘Most rumination is done at night, with a significant amount also taking place during the afternoon rest time.’