• A Flight of Wild Swans
    A Flight of Wild Swans
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wildness an intractably barbarous or uncultivated state of nature
    • n wildness an unruly disposition to do as one pleases "Liza had always had a tendency to wildness","the element of wildness in his behavior was a protest against repressive convention"
    • n wildness the property of being wild or turbulent "the storm's violence"
    • n wildness a feeling of extreme emotional intensity "the wildness of his anger"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Nobody must hunt wild beasts Nobody must hunt wild beasts
Pinocchio's Wild Ride on the Pigeon's Back Pinocchio's Wild Ride on the Pigeon's Back
Stalking wild birds Stalking wild birds
Wild Food—Plants Wild Food—Plants
Grandolph and the Wild Turkey Grandolph and the Wild Turkey

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour
    • n Wildness The quality or state of being wild; an uncultivated or untamed state; disposition to rove or go unrestrained; rudeness; savageness; irregularity; distraction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Australia has no native monkeys. (in the wild)
    • n wildness The state or character of being wild, in any sense.
    • n wildness A wild place or country; a wilderness.
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  • Doug Horton
    “Born to be wild -- live to outgrow it.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Courage without conscience is a wild beast.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Dying is a wild night and a new road.”
  • Jimi Hendrix
    Jimi Hendrix
    “When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.”
  • Colley Cibber
    Colley Cibber
    “Thou strange piece of wild nature!”
  • William Cowper
    “No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.”


Sow your wild oats - If a young man sows his wild oats, he has a period of his life when he does a lot of exciting things and has a lot of sexual relationships. for e.g. He'd spent his twenties sowing his wild oats but felt that it was time to settle down.
Wild goose chase - A wild goose chase is a waste of time- time spent trying to do something unsuccessfully.


In literature:

The next moment they were scrambling wildly out of the way of the hurtling bodies of those that followed.
"Smoke Bellew" by Jack London
Among the exceptions was Mr. Frank Wild, who was appointed leader of one of the Antarctic parties.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Macavoy grinned in a wild kind of fashion.
"Romany of the Snows Being A Continuation Of The Personal Histories Of "Pierre And His People" And The Last Existing Records Of Pretty Pierre" by Gilbert Parker
The wild strawberry, like the wild apple, is spicy and high-flavored, but, unlike the apple, it is also mild and delicious.
"Locusts and Wild Honey" by John Burroughs
We must cultivate tastes and habits which have nothing to do with wildness.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
Wild voices from shore and sea.
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
It's trouble enough to be among wild Injuns and wild buffaloes, as I hope soon to be, without havin' wild comrades to look after.
"The Dog Crusoe and His Master" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
Indians, wild beasts, starvation, thirst, were the dangers of the way.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
But the wild flowers by the silent river pleased me best of all.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
He paused, and a queer, speculative look came into his wild-beast's eyes.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
He himself, a wild beast, was caged in a wild beast's den.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Wild carabao, pig, beef, eels, and wild peppers may not be eaten during this period, and wild chickens are taboo for one year.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Not on account of wild beasts, but of wild men.
"Far Off" by Favell Lee Mortimer
Before the relentless march of civilization, the wild Indian, the bison and many of the wild birds must inevitably disappear.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
They both laughed, and the gentleman glanced at Miss Olmsly's face, which, I was surprised to see, turned red as a wild rose.
"Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life" by Ann S. Stephens
The last of the wild roses had been taken along for an airing.
"In Wild Rose Time" by Amanda M. Douglas
With a wild sob of joy, Annette held out weak arms for her baby.
"A Son of the Sahara" by Louise Gerard
There had been put on board everything of possible use and comfort in the boreal wild.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
They tell me there used to be flocks of these donkeys, feeding half wild on the wild, moor-like hills of Sardinia.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
Her chronicles inform us when her wild animals, but not when the wild man in her, became extinct.
"The Oxford Book of American Essays" by Various

In poetry:

My bosom pants wildly!
My blood hotly flows!
Oh had I a doublet,
A helmet, and hose!
"From Egmont" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
And I seem to see
Thyself, wondrous nigh--
Streaming wild and free
Thy long tresses fly.
"Sedge Songs" by Nikolaus Lenau
"Be silent, wild birds!
While stare you so?
Stop laughing, rude waves,
And help me to go!
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
Often do I hear it throbbing
Fast and wild;
As I've heard it, after sobbing,
When a child.
"My Heart" by Effie Afton
I heard the wind sweep wild and wide,
I turned upon my face and sighed,
"Woman’s Portion" by Madison Julius Cawein
—The wind's but blowing!
Here storms beat wildly;
The fjord is open,
The fells low-lying.
"Bergliot" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

The values of this generation of independent-minded workers aren't wild and new.
Photo by Wild Don Lewis.
Joe Dunthorne's 'Wild Abandon': Mixing sweet absurdity with dysfunction.
National critical acclaim for Beasts of the Southern Wild almost unprecedented.
Baked Acorn Squash Stuffed With Wild Rice and Kale Risotto.
Wild summer storm hits Southern California.
VANCOUVER — After weeks of wild weather at Cypress Mountain, a hurricane hit Thursday night.
Wild boar are not uncommon in Germany, but wild boar attacks are.
With a debut album on the horizon, Wild Belle 's signing with Columbia has yielded two EPs so far, Wild Belle and It's Too Late.
Utica police responded to the call of two wild boars in East Utica on Wednesday & came face to face with a wild boar upon their arrival.
Bristol throws wild-card surface into wild-card hunt.
In this Jan 19, 200 file photo, A wild stallion runs for freedom after jumping over the fence of a holding area during a wild horse roundup in the Clan Alpine Range in Fallon, Nev.
LEDs are the new technological wild, wild west .
Minnesota Wild hockey coach Todd Richards is shown on the bench during an NHL game between the Wild and Dallas Stars in St Paul, Minn.

In science:

Admittedly, some of the assumptions discussed in this contribution are wild.
Optical tests of quantum nonlocality: from EPR-Bell tests towards experiments with moving observers
The time of serendipitous discoveries was long gone, and in 1957 Herzog, Wild & Zwicky216 announced the construction of a Catalogue of Galaxies and Clusters of Galaxies527 , that upon completion would contain ∼ 10000 clusters.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
The wild fluctuation of local fields makes them bad representations of weakly fluctuating positions and sizes of macroscopic ob jects.
Comments Concerning the CFT Description of Small Objects in AdS
All filters are installed in the Wildfield Imager at the 2.2m-MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla observatory.
Classification and Redshift Estimation in Multi-Color Surveys
We chose the Wild Field Imager (WFI) at the 2.2-m-MPG/ESO-telescope on La Silla as a testing ground, because it provides a unique, extensive set of filters ranging from several broad bands to a few dozen medium bands to choose from.
Classification and Redshift Estimation in Multi-Color Surveys
As noticed by Noether, this is related to the fact that L2 is a wildly ramified extension of the rationals.
Invitation to higher local fields, Part II, section 10: Galois modules and class field theory
Wild, 2000, “Nonclassical Photon Statistics in SingleMolecule Fluorescence at Room Temperature”, Phys.
Quantum Cryptography
This is demonstrated explicitly in for a model in which the fitness depends only on the distance to the wild type.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
This escape from a peak can be demonstrated most easily by choosing a fitness landscape where one genotype, the wild type σ0 , has a fitness W0 , while all mutants have a lower fitness W1 .
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
A finite fraction of all molecules have the wild-type sequence, and the rest of the population has one or a few mutations, with the mean number of mutations being of the order µN .
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Another example is a “truncation landscape” , where all individuals with more than k mutations away from the wild type have zero fitness.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Reference also contains an analytical calculation based on a diffusion approximation for the occupation of the wild type which is valid in the limit W0 /W1 ≃ 1, and which is based on the assumption that all mutant sequences have the same probability of being occupied.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
For mutation rates below the threshold, the occupation of the wild type sequence has the same value as for the infinite population, and spontaneous escape is rare.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The magnitude of the continuum deformation varies wildly from source to source, and, for a given source, usually varies on observable time scales as well.
X-ray Spectroscopy of Accretion Disks and Stellar Winds in X-Ray Binaries
Let us wildly speculate about a massive campaign from VLTI to observe 100 events per year.
Bringing closure to microlensing mass measurement