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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cerebration \Cer`e*bra"tion\, n. Action of the brain, whether conscious or unconscious.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1853, coined by English physiologist Dr. William B. Carpenter (1813-1885) from Latin cerebrum "brain" (see cerebral) + -ation. Related: Cerebrate (v.); cerebrated.


n. The act of cerebrating; thinking, mental activity.


n. the process of thinking (especially thinking carefully); "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought" [syn: thinking, thought, intellection, mentation]

Usage examples of "cerebration".

When I was in full training as a flaneur, I could stand on the Pont Neuf with the other experts in the great science of passive cerebration and look at the river for half an hour with so little mental articulation that when I moved on it seemed as if my thinking-marrow had been asleep and was just waking up refreshed after its nap.

At the same time, however, it gave him a creditable way to have Wolfe break his habits of reclusiveness and leave his brownstone on business and to celebrate, as detective fiction so often does, the power of cerebration and of friendship between men.

We have all been pondering the problem and updating our cerebrations with each report of the negotiations by our leader.

The stygumness was so dense that he could hardly zylph the cerebrations of Evaller and Fuscan, who were awaiting the strategy session.

Her sister Minnie knew nothing of these rather wild cerebrations, though they exhausted the markets of delight.

Ah, Rohain, I understated just now, thinking that you would know I jested, but I am too accustomed to the complex cerebrations of courtiers.

At first he received only a vague undifferentiated blur of formless background cerebration, but then, like intricate figures becoming clear in an elaborate oriental carpet, the specific characteristics of Nate's mental output began to clarify themselves.

He turned the plane around as best he could-too much cerebration again-and watched the needle on the compass swing around until it pointed at 270 degrees.