wander

Definitions

  • "Oh, wall, have your own way," sez he, and we wandered into the German Village
    "Oh, wall, have your own way," sez he, and we wandered into the German Village
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wander lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking "She always digresses when telling a story","her mind wanders","Don't digress when you give a lecture"
    • v wander move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment "The gypsies roamed the woods","roving vagabonds","the wandering Jew","The cattle roam across the prairie","the laborers drift from one town to the next","They rolled from town to town"
    • v wander to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course "the river winds through the hills","the path meanders through the vineyards","sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"
    • v wander go via an indirect route or at no set pace "After dinner, we wandered into town"
    • v wander be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage "She cheats on her husband","Might her husband be wandering?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
Wandering Albatross Wandering Albatross

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wander To be delirious; not to be under the guidance of reason; to rave; as, the mind wanders .
    • Wander To go away; to depart; to stray off; to deviate; to go astray; as, a writer wanders from his subject. "When God caused me to wander from my father's house.""O, let me not wander from thy commandments."
    • Wander To ramble here and there without any certain course or with no definite object in view; to range about; to stroll; to rove; as, to wander over the fields. "They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins.""He wandereth abroad for bread."
    • v. t Wander To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through. "Elijah wandered this barren waste."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wander In physical chemistry, to move hither and thither in every direction: said of the molecules of a liquid or of the molecules of two miscible liquids in contact with each other.
    • wander To ramble with out, or as if without, any certain course or object in view; travel or move from place to place; range about; roam; rove; stroll; stray.
    • wander To leave home or a settled place of abode; depart; migrate.
    • wander To depart from any settled course; go astray, as from the paths of duty; stray; de viate; err.
    • wander To lose one's way; be lost.
    • wander To think or speak incoherently; rave; be de lirious.
    • wander Synonyms 1-3. Roam, Rove, etc. (see ramble), straggle.
    • wander Swerve, digress.
    • wander To travel over without a cer tain course; stroll through; traverse.
    • wander To lead astray; cause to lose the way or become lost.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wander won′dėr to ramble with no definite object: :
    • v.t Wander to traverse:
    • v.i Wander won′dėr (lit. or fig.) to go astray: to leave home; to depart from the subject: to be delirious
    • v.i Wander won′dėr (coll.) to lose one's way
    • v.t Wander (coll.) to lead astray
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Quotations

  • C. S. Lewis
    C.%20S.%20Lewis
    “If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival?”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    Edward%20G.%20Bulwer-Lytton
    “What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach.”
  • Ramayana
    Ramayana
    “O Lord, wandering with thee, even hell itself would be to me a heaven of bliss.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “Lest he should wander irretrievably from the right path, he stands still.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    C.%20S.%20Lewis
    “I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
  • Steven Wright
    Steven Wright
    “I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wandren, wandrien, AS. wandrian,; akin to G. wandern, to wander; fr. AS. windan, to turn. See Wind to turn

Usage

In literature:

For lack of something better to do, they sadly wandered round the diligence.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
After many long weary wanderings he found refuge in the hut of a poor fisherman and hired out to work for him.
"Tales of Giants from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
After luncheon, they wandered down to the banks of the river, and watched the trout and the running water.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The people wandered about the shores of the great water.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
Her wandering life had steeped her in delights, but kept her innocent of love-affairs.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
I 've wander'd east, I 've wander'd west, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
At night he wandered abroad, searching out the best feeding-grounds.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
The sharp cold restored his wandering energies and a realization of his victory in the courtroom brought him a belated glow.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
I 've wander'd east, I 've wander'd west, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
The Dom of the present day also sells baskets, and wanders with a tent; he is altogether gypsy.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
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In poetry:

Only the wanderer
Knows England's graces,
Or can anew see clear
Familiar faces.
"Song" by Ivor Gurney
Yet dost thou recall
Days departed, half-forgotten,
When in dreamy youth I wandered
By the Baltic,--
"To An Old Danish Songbook" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'At morning we must bid farewell,
And at the close of day
You will be wandering alone
And I shall be away.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
I. Go, mind-created phantom, go,
Hence, flatt'rer, wander,
Lest of thee, my bosom's foe,
I still grow fonder.
"Le Souhait Dangereux" by Sydney Owenson
With forehead that freezes
The kiss on her mother's lip,
And wandering fingers
That feel not her father's grip.
"Wishing" by Edwin Arnold
She wanders by the still moonbeam
By dying and by dead,
And many a broken man will dream
An angel lifts his head.
"The Convent Garden" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Wandering Cape Cod bear captured in Boston suburb.
The wandering black bear is seen in a tree in Brookline, Mass.
Walking into Sweet Things Cupcakes & Couture is like wandering into a girl convention.
The Wandering Table Hits Boise on Sunday.
Bethesda day care under investigation after four toddlers wander off premises Monday.
Also from James Krohe Jr. Wanderings and doings .
Well, this should certainly go a long way to drawing some of those wandering eyes back to "Smallville".
Polica's "Wandering Star" video spills paint on modern dance.
Steve Liebman/The Star-Ledger A coyote wanders onto a resident's property in Clinton in this 2008 file photo.
The Search Services Want Your Eyes to Find No Reason to Wander.
KOMO reports police were called to the motel about 2 am Monday when the manager found the girl wandering alone in the parking lot.
When we open our address books we find ourselves wandering among gravestones.
Animal moved to new ground after wandering too close to homes.
Two men, who both may have well have been named Arnold Snarb, were wandering around San Jose looking for a good time.
If I wanted to climb out of the old truck and wander into the unknown, I knew I'd have the place to myself.
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In science:

We will call the components Di “wandering components”.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
Certainly Magnus wanders randomly among the states of this new process.
Juggling probabilities
It also describes centralization of information wandering over networks.
Random Walks on Complex Networks
In Section IV we introduce different methods to precisely determine the wandering exponent for both graph types and present the results obtained.
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
Finally, we also checked for the influence of the number of disorder replicas on the results for the wandering exponent from the averaged fluctuations.
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
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