1. any of the last 4 teeth on each side of the upper and lower jaw
; the last of the permanent teeth to erupt (between ages 16 and 21)
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wisdom \Wis"dom\ (-d[u^]m), n. [AS. w[imac]sd[=o]m. See Wise,
a., and -dom.]
1. The quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to
make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the
best means; discernment and judgment; discretion;
sagacity; skill; dexterity.
We speak also not in wise words of man's wisdom, but
in the doctrine of the spirit. --Wyclif (1
Cor. ii. 13).
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to
depart from evil is understanding. --Job xxviii.
It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity
and wisdom that they will yield everything to
reason, and refuse everything to force. --Ames.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world
calls wisdom. --Coleridge.
2. The results of wise judgments; scientific or practical
truth; acquired knowledge; erudition.
Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the
Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
Syn: Prudence; knowledge.
Usage: Wisdom, Prudence, Knowledge. Wisdom has been
defined to be "the use of the best means for attaining
the best ends." "We conceive," says Whewell, "
prudence as the virtue by which we select right means
for given ends, while wisdom implies the selection of
right ends as well as of right means." Hence, wisdom
implies the union of high mental and moral excellence.
Prudence (that is, providence, or forecast) is of a
more negative character; it rather consists in
avoiding danger than in taking decisive measures for
the accomplishment of an object. Sir Robert Walpole
was in many respects a prudent statesman, but he was
far from being a wise one. Burke has said that
prudence, when carried too far, degenerates into a
"reptile virtue," which is the more dangerous for its
plausible appearance. Knowledge, a more comprehensive
term, signifies the simple apprehension of facts or
relations. "In strictness of language," says Paley, "
there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom;
wisdom always supposing action, and action directed by
Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells
In heads replete with thoughts of other men;
Wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.
Knowledge, a rude, unprofitable mass,
The mere materials with which wisdom builds,
Till smoothed, and squared, and fitted to its
Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
Wisdom tooth, the last, or back, tooth of the full set on
each half of each jaw in man; -- familiarly so called,
because appearing comparatively late, after the person may
be supposed to have arrived at the age of wisdom. See the
Note under Tooth, 1.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: any of the last 4 teeth on each side of the upper and lower
jaw; the last of the permanent teeth to erupt (between ages
16 and 21)