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Meaning of wandering by Wiktionary Dictionary



    wander +‎ -ing


    wandering ( not comparable )

    1. That which wanders .


    wandering ( plural: wanderings )

    1. Travelling with no preset route; roaming .
    2. Irregular turning of the eyes .
    3. Aimless thought .
    4. Straying from a desired path .
    5. ( chiefly in the plural: ) Disordered speech or delirium .



    1. Present participle of wander .

Explanation of wandering by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. of a path e.g .

    2. the river followed its wandering course
    3. having no fixed course

    4. his life followed a wandering course
    5. migratory

    6. wandering tribes
    1. travelling about without any clear destination

    2. she followed him in his wanderings and looked after him

    Definition of wandering by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Wander v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wandered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wandering.] [OE. wandren, wandrien, AS. wandrian; akin to G. wandern to wander; fr. AS. windan to turn. See Wind to turn.]

      1. 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. Heb. xi. 37.

      He wandereth abroad for bread. Job xv. 23.

      2. 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. Gen. xx. 13.

      O, let me not wander from thy commandments. Ps. cxix. 10.

      3. To be delirious; not to be under the guidance of reason; to rave; as, “the mind wanders”.

      Syn. -- To roam; rove; range; stroll; gad; stray; straggly; err; swerve; deviate; depart.

    2. Wandering, a. & n. from Wander, v.

      Wandering albatross ( Zool. ), the great white albatross. See Illust. of Albatross. -- Wandering cell ( Physiol. ), an animal cell which possesses the power of spontaneous movement, as one of the white corpuscles of the blood. -- Wandering Jew ( Bot. ), any one of several creeping species of Tradescantia, which have alternate, pointed leaves, and a soft, herbaceous stem which roots freely at the joints. They are commonly cultivated in hanging baskets, window boxes, etc. -- Wandering kidney ( Med. ), a morbid condition in which one kidney, or, rarely, both kidneys, can be moved in certain directions; -- called also floating kidney, movable kidney. -- Wandering liver ( Med. ), a morbid condition of the liver, similar to wandering kidney. -- Wandering mouse ( Zool. ), the whitefooted, or deer, mouse. See Illust. of Mouse. -- Wandering spider ( Zool. ), any one of a tribe of spiders that wander about in search of their prey.