What does the word contemplation mean?

Usage examples for contemplation

  1. He could not bear the contemplation of the three girls with the weight of Esther on his mind. – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie
  2. She evidently was not hearing a word her father said, being lost in the contemplation of the perfect evening costume of the newest assistant in Professor Marshall's department. – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  3. Then she glanced at the ring on her finger which Emmet had given her, and for a while she forgot everything else, fixed in contemplation. – The Mayor of Warwick by Herbert M. Hopkins