Definition of rumination in US English:



  • 1A deep or considered thought about something.

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

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