Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To weigh in the mind; to view with deliberation; to examine carefully; to consider attentively.
Ponderthe path of thy feet.
Prov. iv. 26.
To consider means to view or contemplate with fixed thought. To ponder is to dwell upon with long and anxious attention, with a view to some practical result or decision. To muse is simply to think upon continuously with no definite object, or for the pleasure it gives. We consider any subject which is fairly brought before us; we ponder a concern involving great interests; we muse on the events of childhood.
To think; to deliberate; to muse; – usually followed by on or over.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To weigh in the mind; to consider and compare the circumstances or consequences of an event, or the importance of the reasons for or against a decision.
Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2.
2.To view with deliberation; to examine.
Ponder the path of thy feet. Prov.4.
The Lord pondereth the hearts. Prov.21.
To ponder on, is sometimes used, but is not be to countenanced.
ponder (third-person singular simple present ponders, present participle pondering, simple past and past participle pondered)
- To wonder, to think of deeply.
- To consider (something) carefully and thoroughly; to chew over, to mull over.
- I have spent days pondering the meaning of life.
- Bible, Proverbs iv. 26
- Ponder the path of thy feet.
- (obsolete) To weigh.
to think deeply
to consider carefully