from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of meditating.
- n. A devotional exercise of or leading to contemplation.
- n. A contemplative discourse, usually on a religious or philosophical subject.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A devotional exercise of, or leading to contemplation
- n. A contemplative discourse, often on a religious or philosophical subject.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; serious contemplation; reflection; musing.
- n. Thought; -- without regard to kind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of meditating; close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; sustained reflection.
- n. Religious contemplation.
- n. In theology: A private devotional act, consisting in deliberate reflection upon some spiritual truth or mystery, accompanied by mental prayer and by acts of the affections and of the will, especially formation of resolutions as to future conduct.
- n. A short literary composition in which the subject (usually religious) is treated in a meditative manner: as, a volume of hymns and meditations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature
- n. (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
From Latin meditatio, from meditatus, the past participle of meditārī ("to meditate, to think over, consider"), itself from Proto-Indo-European *med- (“to measure, limit, consider, advise”). (Wiktionary)