• WordNet 3.6
    • adj wonderful extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers "a fantastic trip to the Orient","the film was fantastic!","a howling success","a marvelous collection of rare books","had a rattling conversation about politics","a tremendous achievement"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sliced bread was introduced under the Wonder Bread label in 1930.
    • a Wonderful Adapted to excite wonder or admiration; surprising; strange; astonishing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the cab driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Like."
    • wonderful Of a nature or kind to excite wonder or admiration; strange; astonishing; surprising; marvelous.
    • wonderful Synonyms Wonderful, Strange, Surprising, Curious, Unique, extraordinary, marvelous, amazing, startling, wondrous (poetic). Wonderful generally refers to something above the common, and so marvelous, perhaps almost incredible. Strange refers rather to something beside the common—that is, simply very unusual or odd, and so exciting surprise or wonder. Anything that excites awe or high admiration, or strikes one as sublime, is wonderful; an unpleasant object may be strange, but would not be called wonderful. That which is unexpected is surprising, but it is not necessarily strange; as, a surprising fact; a surprising discovery in science. Curious is wonderful on a small scale; by its derivation it often refers to an object extremely nice and intricate or elaborate in itsdetails, but also it oft en conveys thenotion of pleasing strangeness and even of rarity: as, a curious bit of mosaic; a curious piece of mechanism; a curiously colored stone. Unique expresses that which is sole of its kind or quality: as, a unique book; a unique sort of person. See eccentric and surprise.
    • wonderful Wonderfully; exceedingly; very.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wonder Woman was the world's first comic book superheroine. She was introduced in All Star Comics in December 1941 and created by psychologist William Moulton Marston.
    • adj Wonderful full of wonder: exciting wonder: strange:
    • adj Wonderful (B.) wonderfully
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  • Albert Camus
    “That must be wonderful; I have no idea of what it means.”
  • Mark Twain
    “It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.”
  • Ann Landers
    “Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Wonder is the basis of worship.”
  • Abraham J. Heschel
    Abraham J. Heschel
    “Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wundor; Ger. wunder, Ice. undr.


In literature:

Sometimes he wondered if a boy-baby might not have been a refuge.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I wonder what they mean!
"Red Hair" by Elinor Glyn
It was no wonder, he considered, that poor Mrs. Eliott wondered.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
As the afternoon wore on he began to wonder if he could not finish the garden before his father got home.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Fanny stopped moaning and looked at her with wretched wonder.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Charlie de Saulles, after graduation, went to Yale and continued his wonderful, spectacular career on the gridiron.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
I shouldn't wonder a mite if she had.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
He had, moreover, a wonderful eye for details, and very little escaped him.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Of course Ella's yard and garden is a wonder.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
No wonder, since she was like that.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I lay and wondered and wondered what were Alathea's emotions after I left her.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
I am still wondering what has brought you here.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
She wondered sometimes whether it would not have been better to give her up to the good father who took such an interest in her.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I wonder what will come next!
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Everything was wonderful in that wonderful old house.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
It was an adventure to go so far, and I wondered where I was.
"The Wiles of the Wicked" by William Le Queux
I wonder if such a time was made over each one.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne
Mrs. Todhetley pinned her faith to them, and said they did wonders.
"Johnny Ludlow, Second Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He could but reiterate the words in wondering disbelief.
"Johnny Ludlow, Third Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Where was he coming from, I wonder?
"Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

My lips and cheerful heart prepare
To make his mercies known;
Come, ye that fear my God, and hear
The wonders he has done.
"Psalm 66 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Our hearts grew heavy with sorrow,
Our eyes with tears were blind,
And little Jamie was wondering,
Why we were left behind.
"Jamie's Puzzle" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Betwixt the night and hill they ranged,
In dead composure cast.
As suddenly the dream was changed,
And all the wonder past.
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
Behold! the mountain of the Lord
In latter days shall rise,
Above the mountains and the hills,
And draw the wondering eyes.
"Hymn V. Behold! the mountain of the Lord" by John Logan
And when another girl shall pass
And speak a little name I said,
Then you will say, "There was a lass-
I wonder is she dead."
"The Dramatists" by Dorothy Parker
The youth in the woods spent the whole day long,
The whole day long;
For there he had heard such a wonderful song,
Wonderful song.
"The Melody" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Jamie Moyer leads baseball's Ageless Wonders All-Stars.
I have wondered what an Obama Doctrine would look like.
I wasn't the only one to wonder why investors would buy into the IPO of a money-losing company that's growing more slowly than its e-commerce peers.
THE wonder horse always looked somewhat delicate to carry racing into the millennium, skinny legs and all.
No wonder lead vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner are banging heads and egos.
Because of the lockout, this time last year we were wondering if there would be an NBA season.
"It was a wonderful way to see the world," she says now.
I can't help but wonder why this has seen so little news coverage.
Those lips, those eyes: It's no wonder why Bongo 's disappearance was such a tragedy for his human companions.
Trish Morton of Fort Worth grew up loving her grandparents' wonderful old farm in Pear Valley, southwest of Brownwood.
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful booklet full of information about the US flag.
Stevie Wonder, left, is joined by Eddie Murphy to sing Wonder's song "Higher Ground" onstage during "Eddie Murphy.
CHICO — Most wonder about the name, but it is not just the name anyone should be wondering about.
As it turns out, Pom Wonderful isn't quite so wonderful after all.

In science:

Inversely, we can wonder what the general form of the mobility will be if we assume a normal diffusion h(ρ) = 1.
Nonlinear mean field Fokker-Planck equations. Application to the chemotaxis of biological populations
One may wonder how much the speed (spatial spread) of free BBM reduces due to the presence of the mild obstacle configuration.
Branching diffusions, superdiffusions and random media
One might wonder if the issue to be discussed here is academic and only a technical detail, for phenomenological models are useful as long as they can fit in with empirical data.
Randomness in infinitesimal extent in the McLerran-Venugopalan model
The reader may wonder whether there are interesting examples of coherent probability distribution on branching diagrams.
Commutation relations and Markov chains
As each of the probabilistic space T Φ(X ) are made isomorphic to T Φ we can naturally wonder what happens to the operators MX i (p) through this identification.
Repeated Quantum Interactions and Unitary Random Walks
From a probabilistic point of view, it is natural to wonder about the geometry of these random discrete surfaces.
A bijection for rooted maps on orientable surfaces
One may even wonder why such a problem is interesting at all, given that it is equivalent to linear boolean algebra.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Therefore one could wonder if any prime path coalgebra must be the path coalgebra of a set of cycles.
Prime path coalgebras
It is natural to wonder whether the requirement that G be countable can be lifted.
A General Correspondence between Averages and Integrals
One may wonder whether even in that case the eigenfunctions’ pro files should typically be distinguishable, in the sense of (3.1).
On the Joint Distribution of Energy Levels of Random Schroedinger Operators
Thus, it may be natural to wonder if there is an infinite graph that shares most properties of the random graphs G(n, p) with large enough n.
Poisson Cloning Model for Random Graphs
Those who are interested in the connections between analytic number theory and random matrix theory might wonder whether those connections are related to the present paper.
The number of 2x2 integer matrices having a prescribed integer eigenvalue
Given all that, one wonders how ˆa and ˆb could possibly not be causally influenced by λ (in a locally causal theory).
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
It is natural to wonder here what form take the zero-one laws for the property of graph connectivity.
Intersecting random graphs and networks with multiple adjacency constraints: A simple example
One may wonder whether these conditions are of use in order to obtain existence of random attractors.
Criteria for strong and weak random attractors