• WordNet 3.6
    • n Wilder United States filmmaker (born in Austria) whose dark humor infused many of the films he made (1906-2002)
    • n Wilder United States writer and dramatist (1897-1975)
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness...
The wilderness traveller The wilderness traveller

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
    • v. t Wilder To bewilder; to perplex. "Long lost and wildered in the maze of fate.""Again the wildered fancy dreams
      Of spouting fountains, frozen as they rose."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wilder To cause to lose the way or track; puzzle with mazes or difficulties; bewilder.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Wilder (wil′dėr) to bewilder
    • ***


  • Bible
    “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman. [Proverbs 21:19]”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.”
  • George Eliot
    “Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.”
  • Paul Santaguida
    Paul Santaguida
    “Life is a wilderness of twists and turns, where faith is your only compass.”
  • John Muir
    John Muir
    “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”


Voice in the wilderness - Someone who expresses an opinion that no one believes or listens to is a voice in the wilderness, especially if proved right later.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to E. wild, Dan. forvilde, to bewilder, Icel. villr, bewildered, villa, to bewilder; cf. AS. wildor, a wild animal. See Wild (a.), and cf. Wilderness
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wild; prob. orig. 'self-willed,' from the root of will; Ger. wild.


In literature:

Old Wilder was hanging on to Isabelle so she wouldn't bolt, and the little beast wouldn't take one of the packages.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
It did not conduce to the ease of his first bed in the wilderness.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
This inflamed the dancer still further, and he grew wilder and wilder.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The scenery, also, grew darker and wilder as we advanced.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
It became the Wilderness Trail or Wilderness Road.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
And if he had traveled through a wilderness once he knew the way the next time as well as any boy knows his way to school.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
And how could such colors be mixed in this wilderness?
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
However well cared for, the wilderness motive seems never to have been eradicated.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
I am a wayfaring man, wandering to and fro in the wilderness of the world.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
It was now, for the first time, that he found the wilderness less empty than he had imagined it.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts

In poetry:

For I have dwelt in homes of men
So many 'wildering years,
And had my part of happiness
And sorrowed with their tears.
"The Elf-Child" by Cicely Fox Smith
And ever that old task
Of reading what he is and whence he came,
Whither to go, finds wilder letters flame
Across her mask.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith
They had like everyone
the miracle of every day
dripping from the roofs;
and golden eyes
glowing with a wilderness of dreams.
"Penniless Lovers" by Eugenio de Andrade
O might I fly to change my place,
How would I choose to dwell
In some wide lonesome wilderness,
And leave these gates of hell!
"Psalm 120" by Isaac Watts
Life and death murmurings
From their lips go
In vaster music-rings;
Outward they flow,
Tenderer, wilder, than songs that we know.
"Once As The Aureole" by Thomas Runciman
And Jesus remembered the desert,
The days in the wilderness spent,
The tempting with power by Satan,
That lofty, majestic descent.
"Bad Days" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

VICE catches up with Isaac Wilder, founder of the Free Network Foundation.
Desolation Wilderness hiker found.
Calls this Congress 'hostile' to wilderness.
Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout.
Benchmark Airport serves as a trailhead to the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The Steens Mountain Wilderness Resort was bought by Mark Webb for about $200,000.
Public and private sectors raise over $10 million to end mining, oil and gas development in British Columbia's Flathead River Valley, a wilderness area spanning the U.S.-Canada border.
Saving the wilderness of Flathead River Valley.
Hike in the Indian Peaks Wilderness ( Fourth of July Trailhead).
Threatened fish returned to Southwest wilderness.
Forest officials plan to round up cattle that have been roaming freely for years in the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico.
The Wilderness Ranger District announced its impoundment order this week.
Crews are currently focusing on a fire on the east side of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness near Apache Creek.
The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire as seen from Spurgeon Mesa looking toward Bearwallow in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico.
New wilderness areas, increased logging requirements, and permanent recreation areas could be in Montana's future as US Senator John Tester plans to reintroduce the forest bill when congress convenes.

In science:

We can extend above corollary to a wilder class of functions - namely, I -measurable functions.
Generalized Luzin sets
We also prove the o-minimal analogues of Wilder’s finiteness theorem in these two contexts.
Invariance of o-minimal cohomology with definably compact supports
We also prove here the o-minimal analogues of Wilder’s finiteness theorem mentioned in the Introduction.
Invariance of o-minimal cohomology with definably compact supports
Wilder J.W., New concepts in technical trading systems.
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
Maxima larger than minima, data points wilder near the minima (Pioneer 10).
The correct analysis and explanation of the Pioneer-Galileo anomalies