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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·tem·pla·tion /ˌkɑntəmˈpleʃən, ˌtɛm-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tem·pla·tion n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a long and thoughtful observation
      2: a calm lengthy intent consideration [syn: reflection, reflexion,
          rumination, musing, thoughtfulness]