con·tem·pla·tion /ˌkɑntəmˈpleʃən, ˌtɛm-/
1. The act of the mind in considering with attention; continued attention of the mind to a particular subject; meditation; musing; study.
In contemplation of created things,
By steps we may ascend to God. --Milton.
Contemplation is keeping the idea which is brought into the mind for some time actually in view. --Locke.
2. Holy meditation. [Obs.]
To live in prayer and contemplation. --Shak.
3. The act of looking forward to an event as about to happen; expectation; the act of intending or purposing.
In contemplation of returning at an early date, he left. --Reid.
To have in contemplation, to inted or purpose, or to have under consideration.
n 1: a long and thoughtful observation
2: a calm lengthy intent consideration [syn: reflection, reflexion,
rumination, musing, thoughtfulness]