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[med-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌmɛd ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of meditating.
continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.
devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection.
1175-1225; < Latin meditātiōn- (stem of meditātiō) a thinking over (see meditate, -ion); replacing Middle English meditacioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above Unabridged
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Examples for meditation
  • We are looking at whether or not telomerase changes after a three-month program of meditation.
  • Instead, it offers a meditation on mankind's addiction to state violence.
  • Regular meditation may increase smarts and stave off aging, according to an ongoing study.
  • Linear time disappears in favor of a poetic meditation upon the object, and within it, a curious juxtaposition of imagery.
  • Strolling through one is almost as calming as meditation.
  • The work is a meditation on the nature of secrecy and the elusiveness of truth, its message written entirely in code.
  • The result is not only a fascinating travelogue, but also a personal meditation on loss and fate.
  • The poem is a meditation on the impermanence of human deeds when compared to nature.
  • There is plenty to indicate that relaxation and meditation can ease some kinds of pain.
  • When he did speak, his words were the product of long meditation.
British Dictionary definitions for meditation


the act of meditating; contemplation; reflection
contemplation of spiritual matters, esp as a religious practice
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Word Origin and History for meditation
early 13c., "discourse on a subject," from L. meditationem (nom. meditatio), from meditatus, pp. of meditari "to meditate, to think over, consider," frequentative form from PIE base *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise" (cf. Gk. medesthai "think about," medon "ruler," L. modus "measure, manner," modestus "moderate," modernus "modern," mederi "to heal," medicus "physician," Skt. midiur "I judge, estimate," Welsh meddwl "mind, thinking," Goth. miton, O.E. metan "to measure"). Meaning "act of meditating, continuous calm thought upon some subject" is from late 14c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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